Courage Campaign in the News

The San Francisco Chronicle talks to Dr. Paul Song on Governor Brown's Proposed Budget

Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the progressive Courage Campaign, praised Brown for “returning California’s budget to financial stability and fiscal sanity,” but called for the governor “to make even bolder investments in California.”

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The Contra Costa Times: Arrowhead springs, Nestle mountain operations affected by drought

Several weeks ago, the group — called the Courage Campaign — called for the State Water Resources Control Board to step in and close the bottling operations, with its executive director, Eddie Kurtz, saying packaging the water and selling it is not a good use of the state’s water. That call came on the heels of criticism across the state that Nestle and other big businesses in industries that tap the state’s water need to do more to cut back.

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San Jose Mercury News: SFPUC rules Candlestick Site Can't Use Recycled Water for Dust Control

Amid California's awful drought, news of Lennar's spraying of fresh water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir brought sharp criticism from groups such as the Association of California Water Agencies, Clean Water Action and the Courage Campaign.

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Al Jazeera America talks to Courage Campaign about Walmart California Water Bottling Facilities

More Californians are questioning why giant bottled-water sellers continue to tap the state’s dwindling water supply during the worst drought in state history and are pressuring big retailers to stop using the scarce resource. Courage Campaign, a non-profit online advocacy group, has collected more than 35,000 signatures to stop Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, from sourcing water for its Great Value brand from Sacramento’s water supply.

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The Sacramento Bee: Bottled water companies under fire amid California’s drought

Environmental groups have long taken aim at bottled water companies for contributing to the glut of plastic bottles that clog landfills, streams and waterways. Now, amid California’s drought, they’re looking at the water itself.

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The San Jose Mercury News talks to Courage Campaign about Corporate Water Waste at Candlestick Park

California's historic drought is so bad people are banned from even hosing dirt off their front steps, but as iconic Candlestick Park is being demolished, thousands of gallons an hour of drinking water -- fresh from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir -- are being dumped on the rubble to hold down dust.

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The Sacramento Bee cites Courage Campaign as Governor Brown unveils his revised 2015 budget

Here are some initial reviews of the governor’s revised spending plan Thursday

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The Los Angeles Times notes Moby's email to Courage Campaign members to Save California's Water

Thirsty foods: Musician Moby joined the Courage Campaign to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to “realign” the state’s water rights. For the campaign, that means cracking down on almonds, beef and alfalfa.

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GIZMODO covers Moby's email to Courage Campaign members to Save California's Broken Water System

While most celebs are making headlines in California’s drought for their unnaturally green and fragrant lawns, a few public figures have stepped up to offer real solutions for the state. William Shatner explained his enthusiastic if somewhat unrealistic plot to siphon water from Seattle. Now Moby’s issued his own idea to save California.

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Bloomberg News looks to Courage Campaign's reaction as Nestle Plans Ways to Save Water in California

“We shouldn’t be bottling water, and we should look at the other uses of water as well, like soda and certain crops, or the crazy amount of water that goes into watering golf courses,” said Eddie Kurtz, Oakland-based executive director at Courage Campaign, a non profit organization. Nestle is urging governments to improve aqueducts and reduce incentives to waste water. Big water users are likely to increase pumping if they expect mandatory cuts are coming, which is a counter-incentive, Lopez said.

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NBC News: Ban Bottled Water? Industry Scrutinized in Parched California

"In a historic drought like we are having, it just seems like a really, really poor use of a scarce resource," said Eddie Kurtz, the executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign which is petitioning the California Water Resources Control Board to immediately shut down Nestlé's water bottling plants.

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USA TODAY cites Courage Campaign's Efforts at Starbucks Ends Bottling of California's Water

Starbucks says it will stop producing the bottled water brand Ethos Water in California due to the drought and will instead move the bottling operation to Pennsylvania.

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Uprising Radio talks to Eddie Kurtz on California's Water Crisis

Unless California experiences an El-Nino type storm system by the end of the year, the serious 4-year drought affecting the nation’s most populous state could continue into the foreseeable future. Already the agriculture industry is feeling a little of the pinch with federal water supplies being denied. And, Gov. Jerry Brown has put in place modest restrictions targeting urban water use.

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The Guardian: California drought spurs protest over 'unconscionable' bottled water business

Californians facing the prospect of endless drought, mandated cuts in water use and the browning of their summer lawns are mounting a revolt against the bottled water industry, following revelations that Nestlé and other big companies are taking advantage of poor government oversight to deplete mountain streams and watersheds at vast profit. An online petition urging an immediate end to Nestle’s water bottling operations in the state has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, in the wake of an investigation by the San Bernardino Desert Sun that showed the company is taking water from some of California’s driest areas on permits that expired as long as 27 years ago.

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CBS Sacramento talks to Courage Campaign as they investigate Nestle's Expired Water Permits

One of the largest water bottling and snack producers in the country is under fire again in California as Nestle Waters using an expired permit to pump water for its water bottles.

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The LA Times name-checks Courage Campaign in the fight against the Comcast-Time Warner Merger

A handful of consumers, advocacy groups and content creators banded together in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the proposed Comcast Corp.-Time Warner Cable merger.

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