LANSING — The Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation believes more is at stake than spring water with Nestlé Waters North America's permit application to increase its pumping capacity at its White Pine Spring production well in Osceola Township.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation President Peggy Case and Vice President Jeff Ostahowski read a statement and answered questions at the Capitol steps in Lansing in regards to a its Just Say No to Nestle Water Grab petition. Members also delivered 346,369 signatures from an online petition on sumofus.org to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality headquarters.

The citizen-led group has asked the DEQ to hold statewide public hearings for the permit application and an immediate halt to water taking from the production well. MCWC also wants the U.S. Geological Survey to collect and monitor all future data of all Nestlé permits.