Environmental Protection

Ozarka Partners with Ducks Unlimited to Restore East Texas Wetlands

Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water has donated $30,000 to Ducks Unlimited for wetland conservation efforts in Texas. The partnership is designed to benefit wetlands throughout Texas and around the company’s bottled water facility in Hawkins.

The company is a division of Nestle Waters North America, Inc.

“Ozarka fully recognizes the importance of wetlands to protecting clean water as well as to waterfowl and wildlife habitat,” Sean Stone, DU director of development said. “They practice sustainable water management, utilizing the resource responsibly while ensuring an ample supply is available to support a healthy wetlands environment. Expanding on that environmental stewardship, Ozarka’s generous grant will not only improve wetlands surrounding their own facility but will also support wetland restoration efforts along the Texas Gulf Coast.”

Ozarka’s bottling facility is located on a 2,500-acre site containing high quality springs and spring-fed forested wetlands.

“We are very excited to be involved with Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands conservation and are proud to partner with an organization that shares our passion for the environment and sustainable land management practices,” said David Feckley, senior natural resource manager for Ozarka.

In Hawkins, active wetland management will improve wetland areas that provide critical habitat for migratory and wintering waterfowl and benefit breeding wood ducks and other resident waterbirds and wildlife species. Ducks Unlimited biologists and engineers expect this partnership and the associated projects to continue through 2010.

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