Article on Cold Spring Brewing Water Impact

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by bigdaddypolite, Mar 24, 2014.

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    bigdaddypolite Devotee (400) Mar 2, 2007 Minnesota
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    Very interesting article about Cold Spring Brewing production volume, and their impact on the underground wells they have been pulling their water from since 1874 (they used 114 million gallons of water in 2013).

    IIRC, Brau Brothers had to move their operations in part due to water and/or wastewater constraints in Lucan. Definitely a different set of circumstances and specifics, but there are similarities.

    You don't necessarily appreciate the volume of production from some of these breweries until you realize they have the power to impact regional water resources. Hopefully Cold Spring is able to find a new source of water from the test wells they are digging.
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    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,402) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Very well-written article, thanks for posting it.

    There's going to be more & more of this going on, & not only for breweries. Once you start reading about nitrates & agricultural chemicals, how slowly some underground aquifers recharge, & issues with the 'driftless' area geology in southern Minnesota, then look at what's beginning to happen out west, it's all a bit alarming.

    Kudos to Cold Spring for having a positive attitude about the problem, too many of these issues turn into "jobs vs. fishees" screaming matches that don't do anybody any good.
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