Nestlé Waters Canada donates $10,000 to Friends of Mill Creek Stewardship Rangers program

To Press Releases listJul 10, 2011

Nestlé Waters Canada donates $10,000 to Friends of Mill Creek Stewardship Rangers program

Company also gives $3.2 million in hydro-geological, biological studies

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.

Nestlé Waters Canada has donated $81,350 to the Friends of Mill Creek through a fund administered by the Grand River Conservation Foundation since 2003.

The Company also recently donated $3.2 million in hydro-geological and biological studies to the Friends of Mill Creek – research it was required to undertake as part of the permit renewal process related to water-taking at its bottling plant. The studies will help the Friends of Mill Creek better understand the hydro-geological and biological features of the sub-watershed and the influences of climate, water temperature and water-taking on it.

The Company’s financial 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 26th.

“Once again, Nestlé Waters Canada is supporting the Friends of Mill Creek with a significant donation,” said Robert Messier, a Grand River Conservation Authority ecologist who has been a technical advisor to the Mill Creek Rangers. “Not only has the Company contributed money to the program, it has helped in other ways by donating significant research work undertaken in the sub-watershed, providing access across its property to do work around Mill Creek and participating in the enrichment program for the students.”

With the recent appointment of the Company’s Natural Resource Manager, Don DeMarco, to the Friends of Mill Creek Advisory Board, the Company is also providing access to subject matter experts 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 are very proud to be associated with the Friends of Mill Creek once again this year,” said John Zupo, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “Beyond the environmental education and Summer employment it affords four local young people is the rehabilitation of Mill Creek and the fact that its health has improved considerably since the establishment of the Friends.

“We remain committed to working with the Friends of Mill Creek to ensure Mill Creek continues to be a healthy cold water creek for generations to come.”

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
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
Nestlé 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