Busch Supports River Network, Helps Protect Rivers

With a grant from Busch beer, River Network will provide services and technical training to nearly 100 grassroots organizations in the Northwest to help improve local water protection and restoration efforts in hundreds of communities in Oregon and Washington.

The partnership also will award rafting adventure trips to 12 people on the Wenatchee, White Salmon, Deschutes, and Upper Klamath rivers, as well as a guided fishing trip on the Columbia River. Through Aug. 15, adults 21 and older may register online for a chance to win these premium Northwest adventures. Anheuser-Busch wholesalers and retailers throughout both states are supporting the program with Busch in-store displays that direct adult consumers to the Web site to register.

Also as part of this partnership, River Network will award a $5,000 grant to a conservation organization working to protect rivers in the Northwest. The winning group will be decided by online voting.

"River Network believes that strong community-based groups are our best opportunity to protect and restore our rivers, lakes, streams, estuaries and watersheds," says Ezra Milchman, president and chief executive officer of River Network. "We are grateful that Anheuser-Busch and Busch beer continue their support to help preserve our precious waters for all people, wildlife and future generations, and we strongly believe this financial investment will pay great long-term dividends to the citizens of Oregon and Washington."

"We are pleased to work with River Network to create awareness about the importance of protecting our water resources and particularly proud to support community-based projects on these amazing rivers," said Charlie Hodges, Busch beer product manager for Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

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