Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA), Coca-Cola is helping protect our nation’s watersheds.
Americas President Steve Cahillane joined USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in signing a
memorandum of understanding formalizing a five-year partnership. This
public-private partnership will restore damaged watersheds replenishing water
to the National Forest System – which provides drinking water to more than 60
Coca-Cola and USDA began collaborating in 2012 to restore
natural resources and wildfire-damaged watersheds in California and Colorado. Stream channels impacted by severe wildfires are now rehabilitated
and help provide clean water for the greater Denver area, and in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, water is returned to its
natural flow through a meadow improving the watershed that supplies the East
The success of these projects
inspired additional water stewardship projects:
- Near Chicago, water will be restored to a wetland that had once
been drained, replenishing the aquifer.
- Invasive weeds on California’s Angeles National Forest will be
removed, improving water supplies for residents of Los Angeles and forest
- A New Mexico stream, altered by historic mining activity, will be
redirected to its natural flow, improving water quality and groundwater
- In the Lake Michigan watershed, a stream will be restored to its
natural flow, reducing flooding, enhancing aquatic habitat, and improving water
This is just the beginning. The U.S. Forest Service and Coca-Cola are
committed to continuing their work together to sustain our nation’s water
supply. The National Forest Foundation and National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation are also supporting these efforts.