Jennifer Swacina – Board Chair
From my youth, before I knew the term “commodification,” I feared a future where clean water would only be available to those who could afford it. The idea of selling scarce water struck me as the ultimate evil. Over the years, plastic pollution and corporate corruption were added to my dystopian fears, and Nestle/BlueTriton represents all this. So, when I realized a company, known for humanitarian and environmental abuses worldwide, was mining water in my community, I felt I had to speak up.
I grew up in Idaho and traveled extensively before finally landing in Salida, Colorado. I have lived in the desert (Arizona), the tropics (Hawaii), and the arctic (Alaska). So, I have experienced dry streams, ocean plastic, and melting glaciers first hand.
While working as a seasonal park ranger at my first public lands job at a state park in Utah (Dead Horse Point), I began researching the human history of the Colorado River. From a mesa top in canyon country, overlooking the Colorado River, I read about John Wesley Powell, the dams creating Lake Mead and Lake Powell, and the 1922 Colorado River compact. It was there that I learned the Colorado River was so over-appropriated that it no longer flowed to the sea.
From my perspective, using precious water from the Colorado River Basin to allow the sucking and trucking of water for sale in single-use plastic is simply wrong. I strongly believe that we cannot let this quietly continue.