Friends of Mill Creek Stewardship Rangers program receives $10,000 from Nestlé Waters Canada

Jul 2, 2012

Company Natural Resources Manager also serves on Advisory Board

PUSLINCH, Ontario – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, today announced that it has donated $10,000 to the Friends of Mill Creek once again this year.

Since 2003, the Company has donated $91,350 to the Friends of Mill Creek through a fund administered by the Grand River Conservation Foundation.

The Company’s donation helps to support the Friends of Mill Creek in its efforts to undertake fisheries and stream rehabilitation works, including stream bank reconstruction, stream bed re-grading, tree planting, culvert replacement and farm fencing repair. The work is performed by the Mill Creek Stewardship Rangers, four local high school students and a crew leader hired over an eight-week period during each summer. Educational opportunities are combined with this practical experience. The Rangers will complete their work effort for this year on August 24th.

“Nestlé Waters Canada’s ongoing support of the Friends of Mill Creek is much appreciated,” said Robert Messier, a Grand River Conservation Authority ecologist who has been a technical advisor to the Mill Creek Rangers. “The Company has complemented this financial support in recent years with its donation of significant research work undertaken in the sub-watershed, access across its property to do work around Mill Creek and participation in the enrichment program for the students.”

Don DeMarco, Natural Resources Manager, Nestlé Waters Canada, also serves on the Friends of Mill Creek Advisory Board, providing access to local subject matter expertise in hydro-geology.

“The Mill Creek is an important natural feature of the Puslinch community and it’s terrific to see Nestlé Waters Canada provide a level of financial assistance that will help us to restore the creek for the use and enjoyment of future generations,” said Larry Halyk, Co-chair, Friends of Mill Creek. “The Company’s recent donation of $3.2 million worth of hydro-geological and biological studies will also assist us greatly in terms of better understanding the natural make-up of the Mill Creek sub-watershed.”

“We continue to be impressed by the work the Friends of Mill Creek organization is doing in this sub-watershed,” said John Zupo, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “Beyond the environmental education and summer employment it affords four local young people is the continuing ecological improvement in the Mill Creek.”

Mill Creek, a spring-fed cold water stream bordered in many areas by forests and provincially-significant wetlands, begins in upland Puslinch Township and flows southward through the village of Aberfoyle, past extensive Class 1 wetlands, then south of Highway 401, through Shade’s Mills Conservation Area, joining the Grand River in downtown Cambridge, draining approximately 104 square kilometers.

About Grand River Conservation Authority
Established in 1934, the Grand River Conservation Authority works with 39 area municipalities and 956,000 residents to co-operatively manage the water and natural resources in the watershed for everyone’s benefit. The Grand River watershed encompasses all the land drained by the Grand River and is the largest watershed in southern Ontario. It is 6,800 square kilometers (2,800 square miles). The Grand River flows 300 kilometres through southwestern Ontario from the highlands of Dufferin County to Port Maitland on Lake Erie.
For further information, please visit our web site at www.grandriver.ca or contact:

Dave Schultz
Manager of Communications
Grand River Conservation Authority
Telephone: (519) 621-2763, Ext. 2273
Email: dschultz@grandriver.ca

About Friends of Mill Creek

Established in 1998, the Friends of Mill Creek is a coalition of provincial agencies, non-governmental organizations, corporations and individuals who work with landowners and other partners to develop, promote and implement projects that will maintain and enhance Mill Creek as a healthy cold water ecosystem.  

For further information, please visit our web site at www.friendsofmillcreek.org or contact:

Larry Halyk
Secretary-Treasurer
Friends of Mill Creek
& Stewardship Coordinator
Wellington County Stewardship Council
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Telephone: (519) 826-4936
Email: larry.halyk@ontario.ca

About Nestlé Waters Canada

Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 450 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.nestle-waters.ca or contact:

John B. Challinor II   APR
Director, Corporate Affairs
Nestle Waters Canada
Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441
Email: john.challinor@waters.nestle.com

Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370
Email: jalton@national.ca