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  • Independence National Historical Park should embrace the virtues of another priceless public asset with Philadelphia roots: tap water. Last week, the group Corporate Accountability International began urging prominent national parks to stop sales of bottled water within their boundaries on the grounds that "one national treasure (our parks) shouldn't be used to sell another (our water)."
  • A week after a campaign was mounted to encourage the National Park Service to phase bottled water out of the parks, the bottled water industry pushed back a bit, saying to do so would encourage visitors to turn to unhealthy alternatives to quench their thirsts. In a release Tuesday the International Bottled Water Association said "(E)fforts to eliminate or reduce access to bottled water in our national parks will force consumers to choose less healthy drink options that have more packaging, more additives (e.g., sugar, caffeine), and greater environmental impacts than bottled water."
  • Cyclists drinking bottled water against the Golden Gate Bridge
    The American Beverage Association (ABA)--key representative of Coke (owner of Dasani bottled water)--responds to our efforts to help national parks go bottled water free, including the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The front group wants to meet with GGNRA officials, the same tactic it used to try to stop the Grand Canyon from going bottled water free in 2011.
  • It probably won’t come as a surprise that the American Beverage Association isn’t thrilled about the campaign that began Wednesday to convince the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Yosemite National Park to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles.
  • Thirsty hikers and bird watchers along the coast and in the mountains may soon have to slurp water out of a faucet or fill their own water bottle if a corporate watchdog group gets its way.The group, Think Outside the Bottle, will urge the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Yosemite National Park on Wednesday to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles, which it insists are filled largely with tap water and account for a huge portion of the world's litter.
  • Independence National Park Think Outside the Bottle supporters
    A coalition of environmental groups is calling on Independence National Park to stop selling bottled water. Caroline Wooten of the group Corporate Accountability International delivered petitions to Independence Park headquarters on Wednesday, calling for a ban on the sale of bottled water. Cowley says any study would look at the cost of installing water filling stations, and whether banning bottled water sales would make a significant dent in the waste stream.
  • Father and daughter holding "Tap is Terrific" sign
    The National Park Service (NPS), like most Americans these days, is broke. Unlike the rest of us, it has corporations like Coca-Cola whispering promises of money in its ear—money that parks desperately need to staff, maintain, and protect the grounds. But there’s one thing the public has learned about corporations: they don’t give without asking for something in return. Watchdog group Corporate Accountability International is leading a coalition pushing national parks like Yosemite, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mt. Rainier, and the Liberty Bell’s Independence Hall National Historic Park to nix bottled water. This week, groups representing more than 150 organizations and 40,000 park-goers are delivering petitions to park superintendents across the country, asking that they stop selling water in plastic bottles.
  • A local group protesting St. Louis’ proposed consulting contract with a water services firm is planning to converge on City Hall this afternoon for the monthly meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.
  • On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
  • Bottled water purchased with taxpayer dollars may soon dry up if a bill filed Friday by state Rep. Tom Sannicandro passes this legislative session. Submitted hours before the filing deadline, the bill would prohibit state officials from using public money to buy bottled water for facilities where tap is safe to drink.

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