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MBGS Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meetings take place typically on the second Wednesday of each month from September through
May. The meetings are open to all. The Executive Committee Officers meet prior to the meeting to discuss
Society issues and is open to anyone interested in attending.

Meetings hosted by the Michigan Basin Geological Society have been moved to the Natural Sciences Building, MSU
Campus, for more information contact Peter Rose at The lecture ends usually no later than 9:00.

Next MBGS Meeting

       Michigan Basin Geological Society

MBGS Membership “Family Night” Dinner Meeting, January 8th, 2020

Members are welcome to bring guests, as this is a family friendly event.

DATE: January 8th, 2020, Meeting starts at 5:30PM, dinner will be served at 5:45PM, and presentation will be after dinner. $25/plate. Cash bar will be available. 

Reservations are required. RSVP to Jennifer Trout by January 6th, 2020.

LOCATION: Coral Gables Restaurant 2838 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, Michigan

SPEAKER: Arlene Anderson-Vincent, Nestlé Waters North America

TOPIC: “Nestlé Water North America in Michigan – Healthy Hydration – The Nestlé Perspective”


Controversy began as early as 2000, when Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) first started evaluating central Michigan as a location for its Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water Brand. After many scientific evaluations and studies which supported the long-term sustainability of a bottling operation in Michigan, NWNA applied for and was granted the necessary permits to allow them to open their doors in 2002.

After nearly 20 years of operations in Michigan, NWNA has invested over $300M in the State, pays over $1.3M in annual taxes and directly employs over 250 Michigan residents. NWNA invests in the communities where it operates and has built long-term relationships with local stakeholders through its commitment to the environment and local area. NWNA produces multiple bottled water products at its Stanwood, Michigan facility that are primarily sold to customers in the Midwest.

In 2016, bottle water sales surpassed carbonated beverages as America’s #1 beverage choice. With an increase in customer demand, NWNA applied to increase the permitted withdrawal capacity of one water supply well that supports it’s Michigan operation. On the heels of the Flint Water Crisis, the permit request again invoked controversy but was ultimately approved. 

Learn about NWNA operations in Michigan including the economics, the environmental monitoring programs, the 2016 groundwater withdrawal permit process, and Michigan groundwater withdrawal laws specific to water bottlers. 


Arlene Anderson-Vincent (CPG) is the Natural Resource Manager for Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) for the Midwest region. Since 2010, Arlene has worked at the NWNA Ice Mountain bottling facility located in Stanwood, Michigan. Arlene graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Geologic Sciences. Much of Arlene’s career has been focused on water supply development and sustainability projects in Midwest region.

Arlene’s primary job responsibility consists of the development and management of sustainable water supplies but also extends into bringing geologic and hydrogeologic principles to the public. This is accomplished through community outreach, engagement and media interactions. The community outreach helps remove the mystery surrounding groundwater and alleviate fears associated groundwater withdrawals.

Arlene has been active for many years in the Michigan Basin Geological Society and was on the board of directors for the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight program. She is a member of the National Groundwater Association and American Institute of Professional Geologist. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelters, traveling, visiting National Parks, hiking, camping and spending time anywhere on Lake Michigan.