Nestlé Waters Supports Watershed Projects As Part Of Citizenship Goals

Oct 9, 2012
In the Nestlé Waters’ 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report we pledged to lend support to two watershed projects a year, each selected to meet similar criteria. “We want them to have a basis in good watershed management,” explains Michael Washburn, Vice President of Sustainability, “We also want them to be meaningful for communities and to create lasting change.” These projects provide an opportunity for us to share our own expertise and interest in promoting natural resources and to collaborate with other organizations to deepen the understanding of water stewardship.

The Wekepeke watershed in Massachusetts is where we did our first large collaborative project on a watershed where we do not have an active spring. We partnered with the Rushing Rivers Institute to develop a set of tools to understand the watershed, identify current impacts and figure out ways to improve the water quality. The surrounding communities have gained a wealth of information on the ecological status of the  watershed, while also attracting great public attention to the need for restoration. The methods developed on the Wekepeke could be used in future NWNA projects.

Two Watershed Projects for 2012

Mill River Collaborative, Connecticut
NWNA has committed $250,000 to fund the development of a floodplain meadow which  filters surface water, cleansing it before it enters the river. It is an example of the sustainable use of native plants to create a buffer along the river to protect water quality. It is hoped these principles will be adopted by home owners and businesses along the Mill River and its tributaries. This project is part of an ambitious plan to create a natural park environment in the middle of the urban landscape.

Ruby Mountain Springs, Colorado
As part of our dedication to environmental protection and natural resource management, NWNA worked with ecologists from Colorado Mountain College to return the historic fish hatchery at Ruby Mountain Springs to a more natural state, thereby enhancing the value of the wetland. Wetlands are important because they provide an excellent habitat for wildlife while also protecting water quality and regulating water quantity. The committee that worked together to create the plan for this site is composed of regulatory, scientific, and educational members.