Hood River County voters have said yes to a measure that would effectively block Nestlé Waters’ plan to bottle water in Cascade Locks by banning large water bottling operations in the county.

Partial returns Tuesday showed the measure winning with 68 percent of the vote.

The measure’s backers celebrated with cheering and speeches in Hood River, while a Nestle spokesman expressed regret while noting “we respect the democratic process.”

Nestlé for seven years has sought a way to bottle water from Oxbow Springs, which gurgles out of hillside just outside the Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks.

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