Funds will help to conserve wetlands around company’s bottled water sources
Nestlé Waters North America recently pledged a gift of $250,000 to Ducks Unlimited (DU) to continue support of DU wetland conservation programs in high priority areas like the Gulf Coast.
“Nestlé Waters North America recognizes that by protecting and improving wetlands that provide critical habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, they are also protecting important water resources,” said Sean Stone, DU director of development.
The partnership began when DU was asked to assist with efforts to improve habitat around the springs and associated wetlands that support Nestlé Waters’ Ozarka Spring Water brand facility in Hawkins, Texas. DU biologists visited Nestlé Waters’ 2,000-acre Wood County property to assess the wetlands and make recommendations for improving waterfowl habitat.
“We spend about $8 million annually to maintain and protect the quality of our company’s spring water sources and their immediate watershed areas in the U.S. and Canada,” said David Feckley, Nestlé Waters North America senior natural resource manager. “Approximately 14,000 acres of land around our spring sources are managed as open space, providing environmental benefits to local communities. Since wetland areas are often associated with our properties, conserving wetland habitats also helps improve watersheds. DU’s partnership helps us ensure our spring water collection continues to be done in a sustainable manner that supports associated wetland environments.”
Following DU’s initial partnership with Nestlé Waters North America in Hawkins, Nestlé Waters expanded its support to wetlands restoration efforts along the entire Texas Gulf Coast.
Ducks Unlimited will use the funds to synthesize existing data and develop new data that reduce uncertainties surrounding waterfowl science, aiding in conservation planning and delivery in the region.