Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) volunteers at more than 20 U.S. locations will participate in efforts to remove litter and debris from waterways during the fall of 2015. As part of the Healthy Waterways initiative, many volunteers participated in the International Coastal Cleanup on September 19.
“Nestlé Waters is committed to help foster water stewardship and increase recycling rates. A good way to do this is by connecting people to their local waterways and getting them involved in a hands-on way,” said Tim Brown, President and CEO.
Among the 20 events, cleanups were held in California, Florida, and Washington, D.C.
In Tampa, Florida, volunteers led by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful cleaned up rivers, ditches, and roadways that feed into the Hillsborough River, Alafia River and other waterways. Volunteers also collected data to track the number and type of littered items – which researchers from the University of Florida will be analyzing to help determine the future needs and projects for the community. Last year, volunteers removed more than 60,500 pounds of trash from 75 locations within Hillsborough County.
“We’re pitching in to help keep Florida’s rivers and streams clean,” said Kent Koptiuch, who is part of NWNA’s team of Natural Resource Managers responsible for monitoring and managing the springs at Crystal Spring Preserve.
At the mouth of the Santa Ana River at Huntington Beach in Orange County, California, more than 200 NWNA employee volunteers joined with the Inland Empire Waterkeeper – a grassroots water quality organization based in Riverside, California. The event is part of a multiyear restoration project called Crest to Coast, which has helped remove a total of 15,500 pounds of debris – from plastic packaging to shopping carts.
Trash Collected, Huntington Beach, CA
In Washington, D.C. NWNA partnered with Anacostia Riverkeeper, a watershed advocacy organization that is working with the local community, to help improve the Anacostia River – one of the nation’s most polluted waterways. Runoff, trash and combined sewer overflows all threaten the river’s health.
Volunteers from Ice Mountain and the City of Evart, MI spent the day removing trash and debris along a 10-mile stretch of the Muskegon River. This was the second year that Ice Mountain partnered with the City of Evart and J&J’s River Run to clean up the Muskegon River. In 2013, more than 30 volunteers helped clean more than 9.5 miles of the river and riverbank.
“Ice Mountain believes in protecting and maintaining a clean and healthy Muskegon River watershed,” said Arlene Anderson-Vincent, Natural Resource Manager at Ice Mountain. “As part of the Healthy WaterWays initiative, participating in the river clean up is just one of the many ways we can help preserve clean and healthy waterways for everyone to enjoy.”
Following the clean up, Ice Mountain hosted a lunch for the volunteers at Riverside Park in Evart. Ice Mountain and the City of Evart plan to make the Muskegon River clean up an annual event the weekend following Labor Day.
“Water clean-ups are just one piece of the puzzle,” said Brown. “We are focused on keeping waste out of rivers, streams, and lakes in the first place – which is why we are also investing in new opportunities to reuse plastic again and again.”
NWNA Working Towards Healthy Waterways Around the Nation
1. Keep Phoenix Beautiful: September 12 – (Phoenix, Arizona)
2. Inland Empire Waterkeepers: September 19 – (Huntington Beach)
3. Riverside Coastal Cleanup: October 3 – (Riverside County)
4. Soundwaters: September 24 – (Stamford, Connecticut)
5. Keep Jacksonville Beautiful: September 17 – (Jacksonville, Florida)
6. Broward County Coastal Cleanup: September 19 – (Tamarac, Florida)
7. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful: September 19 – (Tampa Bay, Florida)
8. Friends of the White River: September 12 – (Noblesville, Indiana)
9. Canal State Park: September 26 - Canal State Park (New Jersey)
10. Trinity River Forest Audubon Society of Dallas: October 19 - Dallas Trinity River Corridor and The Great Trinity Forest (Texas)
11. Friends of the Occoquan Fall River Cleanup: October 17 - Occoquan Regional Park (Virginia)
12. Anacostia Riverkeeper: September 20 - Anacostia River (Washington, D.C.)
13. Saco River Cleanup: September 12 – Saco River (Maine)
14. Muskegon River Cleanup: September 12 - Muskegon River (Michigan)
15. Great Sawanee River Cleanup: Withlacoochee River - September 16 (Florida)
Press Release: NWNA Participates in Coastal Cleanup Day: