Nestlé Waters North America's Submittal of a Permit Application Information Package, under Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399, as amended
Nestlé Waters North America submitted a permit application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division (DWMAD) in July 2016, in accordance with Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399, as amended. The Section 17 permit is required to produce bottled drinking water if the water is from a new or increased large-quantity withdrawal of more than 200,000 gallons of water per day from the waters of the state.
The application is currently under MDEQ review.
Public Comments and Hearing
The public may submit comments on the application until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017. Written comments must be emailed to
email@example.com or mailed to:
MDEQ, Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division
Environmental Health Section
P.O. Box 30421
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7741
In addition, the MDEQ will hold a public information session on Wednesday, April 12 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. followed by a public hearing starting at 7:00 p.m. at:
Ferris State University
The University Center
805 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Participants wishing to speak at the public hearing will be able to sign up immediately after the information session. Each person signing up will be given equal time to speak based on the time available and the number of persons wishing to speak.
Please take a moment to review this video and review the information prepared for the public event on April 12, 2017.
The MDEQ reviews all comments; however, the number of comments received is not one of the factors considered in permit decisions. For this permit application process, comments providing a legal or scientific justification for denying, altering or approving the permit will be considered based on the regulatory decision framework outlined in Section 17.
See below for links to the application and other related documents.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is an equal opportunity provider. Specific file properties have been modified for ADA compliance. All original files are available on the FTP site.
Nestle's Response to DEQ Request for Additional Information
- Appendix A - MDEQ
- Appendix B - Groundwater Model
- Modeling and GIS data that cannot be posted here is available on the DEQ FTP Site. These files require specialized Groundwater Modeling and GIS software. If you have any issues accessing the FTP site or utilizing the files, contact Matt Gamble (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Basic Data
- Appendix C - Streamflow Data
- Appendix D - Fish Macroinvertebrates Aquatic Habitat
- D1a - Fish
- D1b - Macroinvertebrates (FTP Site - see above instructions)
- D1c - Stream Dimensions and Termperature
- D2 - Methods
- D3 - Catch per Unit Effort
- D7 - HOBO Temperature Spreadsheet
- D8 - Stream Profiles
- D9 - Figure D9-1 Stream Crossing Locations
- D9 - Photographs (FTP Site - see above instructions)
- D9 - Table D9-1 Stream and Road Crossing Dimension
- D10 - Surface Water Temperatures (FTP Site - see above instructions)
- Appendix E - Wetlands
- Appendix F - Legal
Original Application Information Package for Production Well PW-101, White Pine Springs Site, Osceola Township, Osceola County, Michigan
List of Figures
- Figure 2.1 Location Map and Local Watersheds
- Figure 3.1a Location Map of Monitoring Wells and Cross Sections
- Figure 3.1b Location Map of Monitoring Wells, Detail
- Figure 3.2 Stratigraphic Cross-Section A-A'
- Figure 3.3 Stratigraphic Cross-Section B-B'
- Figure 3.4 Stratigraphic Cross-Section C-C'
- Figure 3.5 Regional Quaternary Geology (Farrand and Bell, 1982)
- Figure 3.6 Groundwater Elevation Contour Map, March 14, 2016
- Figure 3.7 Chippewa Creek and Twin Creek Watersheds
- Figure 3.8 Stream Flow Monitoring Locations
- Figure 3.9a Wetland Location Map
- Figure 3.9b Chippewa Creek Wetland Monitoring
- Figure 3.9c Twin Creek Wetland Monitoring
- Figure 3.10 Nearby Residential and Type IIb Wells
List of Attachments
- Attachment A - Permits and other MDEQ Documentation
- A-1: Source Approval PW-101, Mar 27, 2009
- A-2: Registration Receipt, ID#3908-20154-32, Apr 16 2015
- A-3: CMDHD Permit to Alter Public Well, WSSN 20166-67, Jun 29, 2015
- A-4: Registration Receipt and Letter, ID#4125-201512-31, Jan 5, 2016
- A-5: MDEQ Water Well and Pump Record, PW-101, Well ID 67000003754
- A-6: CMDHD Permit to Install Water Supply Facilities, WSSN 20166-67, Nov 17, 2000
- A-7: MDEQ Permit for Water System Construction, WSSN 20166-67, Aug 28, 2008
- A-8: MDEQ Permit for Water System Construction, #6705002, Mar 6, 2006
- A-9: MDEQ Water Hauler License #WH54-001, Jun 1, 2009
- A-10: NWNA Certification of Compliance with Water Conservation Measures
- Attachment B - Stratigraphic Boring Logs
- Attachment C
- Attachment D - Groundwater and Surface Water Hydrographs
- Attachment E
- Attachment F
- Attachment G
Site Specific Reviews (SSR)
Part 327, Great Lakes Preservation, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, requires property owners to register new or increased large quantity water withdrawals over 100,000 gallons per day, but less than 2,000,000 gallons per day, with the DEQ. A withdrawal can be registered through the online Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool (a high level screening tool) or a Site Specific Review (SSR) by the DEQ. The SSR process is used when specified, conservative safety thresholds are reached by the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool and consideration of site specific information is required.
Nestle Waters North America submitted a request for a site specific review to the DEQ on December 4, 2015 seeking authorization to increase water withdrawal by 150 gallons per minute (gpm) from their White Pine Springs well in Osceola County. The proposed increased pumping rate would bring the total withdrawal from this well to 400 gpm. The DEQ authorized the increased withdrawal on January 5, 2016. Links to the DEQ’s letter responding to the SSR and information used in reaching the decision follow. Note that the documents listed below as Anderson-Vincent and Golder are part of the DEQ’s files regarding Nestle. The DEQ file naming convention includes the name of the person or company who prepared or submitted the documents.
Although an increased withdrawal for the White Pine Springs well has been registered through the SSR process, Nestle Waters North America must also obtain a permit under Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. Consideration of the application includes additional evaluation of the proposed withdrawal. According to subparagraph (9): This section shall not be construed as affecting, intending to affect, or in any way altering or interfering with common law water rights or the applicability of other laws providing for the protection of natural resources or the environment.
- Anderson-Vincent SSR 4125 Checklist PDF
- Anderson-Vincent SSR 4125-201512-31 Request PDF
- Michigan Water Withdrawal Registration 4125-201512-31 PDF
- Golder December 4-2015 submittal report of additional info in support of SSR 4125 PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 1 Site Location Map PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 2 PW-101 Water Well Record PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 3 Site-Specific Review Receipt PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 4A stratigraphic cross-section A-A' PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 4B stratigraphic cross-section B-B' PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 4C stratigraphic cross-section C-C' PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 4D stratigraphic cross section D-D' PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 4E Chippewa watershed well logs ZIP
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 5 White Pine Springs Aquifer Characteristics SSPA PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 6 Aerial Photo of Chippewa Creek Headwaters PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 7 stream flow measurement data set XLSX
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 8A Feb 2015 index flow calculation PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 8B AEM and NWNA memos 9-17-15 PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 data submittal Attach 8C Evaluation of index flows PDF
- Golder submittal Attach 5 - Figure A-2 Regional water levels from water wells PDF
- Golder submittal Attach 5 - Figure A-12 Predicted drawdown for 150 gpm PDF
- Nestle SSR 4125 batch test T and s based on test 12-18-2015 new capacity XLSX
- Nestle well logs part 1 PDF
- Nestle well logs part 2 PDF
- Nestle well logs part 3 PDF
- Golder SSR 4125 Attach 5B - Accompanying File Spreadsheet Summary of PW-101 Aquifer Test XLSX
- Information that was used in the SSR DOCX
- Chippewa Creek and Twin Creek Water Management Areas
- March 2, 2017: Nestlé Permit Application Public Comment Period Extended
- November 22, 2016: Extension of Public Comment Period Regarding Nestle' Waters North America
- November 3, 2016: Extension of Public Comment Period: Regarding Nestle' Waters North America