Coca-Cola Supports National Forest Watersheds
The Coca-Cola Company has set a goal of fully “replenishing” an amount of water equivalent to the volume it uses in its finished beverages by 2020. Recognizing the important role that National Forests play in water provision, Coke has proactively looked “upstream” to invest in restoration projects that will help improve our National Forest headwaters. Through its partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation, Coca-Cola has funded 12 projects on six different National Forests.
A thriving watershed is critical to every community we serve and to our business. Coca-Cola is on a journey and plans to continue to replenish 100 percent of the water we use in our beverages and their production and return it to nature and communities. We could not accomplish the milestone we celebrate today without the expertise, guidance and resources of the USDA, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation and many other organizations and community partners. In the coming years, we will continue to work together to build scale and expand these projects and partnerships
Our work together on the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico is one example of the this partnership’s impact. With support from Coca-Cola and the NFF, local partners worked together to help restore an alpine meadow and enhance a natural wetland habitat. By slowing the flow of Placer Creek, a tributary of the Rio Grande, we helped to restore a biodiverse meadow habitat and replenish the groundwater that contributes to the City of Santa Fe’s water supply. The meadow restoration project is expected to replenish approximately 49 million liters of water per year.
More National Forests that have been improved through this partnership:
- Angeles National Forest – removing invasive weed species to improve aquatic habitat
- Carson National Forest – arresting erosion and sedimentation to restore wetland and meadow habitats
- Huron Manistee National Forests, Michigan – removing degraded culverts to aid fish passage
- Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Illinois – removing agricultural drain tiles to improve wetland function
- Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington – reintroducing beavers to improve wetlands and water storage
- Pike-San Isabel National Forests, Colorado – restoring wildfire damage to tributary streams
As of fall of 2016, our work together has resulted in a significant milestone – 1 billion liters of waters of water restored. In September of 2016, Coca-Cola President Sandy Douglas and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack committed to doubling that outcome through 2018. Click here to learn more about this partnerships and the projects we’ve accomplished.