Friends of the Richelieu. A river. A passion.

"Tout cedit pays est fort uny, remply de forests, vignes & noyers. Aucuns Chrestiens n'estoient encores parvenus jusques en cedit lieu, que nous, qui eusmes assez de peine à monter le riviere à la rame. " Samuel de Champlain

"All this region is very level and full of forests, vines and butternut trees. No Christian has ever visited this land and we had all the misery of the world trying to paddle the river upstream." Samuel de Champlain

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Çà doit être dans l'eau!

Dans la même ville où Henry David Thoreau a fait de la prison pour avoir refusé de payer des taxes à la ville de Concord pendant son séjour à Walden Pond, une dame de 82 ans a réussi à faire passer une loi municipale qui bannit la vente de l'eau en bouteille.

Si la loi vient en vigueur le 1er janvier 2011, l'industrie de l'eau en bouteille menace de traîner la municipalité en justice.

Jean Hill refuse de se laisser intimider: quand on croit en quelque chose, on tient son bout! "L'industrie de l'eau en bouteille vide notre aquifère pour ensuite nous la vendre!" s'insurge-t-elle. Photo: Gretchen Ertl

"Where Thoreau Lived, Crusade Over Bottles

Jean Hill has proposed a ban on the sale of bottled water in Concord, which will be reviewed by the state attorney general and could go into effect next January.

Henry David Thoreau was jailed here 164 years ago for refusing to pay taxes while living at Walden Pond. Now the town has Jean Hill to contend with. Mrs. Hill, an octogenarian previously best known for her blueberry jam, proposed banning the sale of bottled water here at a town meeting this spring. Voters approved, with the intent of making Concord the first town in the nation to strip Aquafina, Poland Spring and the like from its stores.

In orchestrating an outright ban, Mrs. Hill, 82, has achieved something that powerful environmental groups have not even tried. The bottled water industry is not pleased; it has threatened to sue if the ban takes effect as planned on Jan. 1. Officials here have hinted that they might not strictly enforce it, but Mrs. Hill, who described herself as obsessed, said that would only deepen her resolve.

“I’m going to work until I drop on this,” she said. “If you believe in something, you have to persist and you have to have a thick skin.” “The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us,” she said, repeating her pitch from the town meeting in April. “We’re trashing our planet, all because of greed.”

Excerpts from article written by Abby Goodnough published in The New York Times here:

There must be something in the water that makes people of conviction work for what they believe in!

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