(NAFB)--USDA is partnering with Coca-Cola to restore and protect damaged watersheds on national lands. They are aiming to return more than a billion liters of water to the National Forest System - which provides drinking water to more than 60-million Americans. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says this partnership between federal, private and non-profit partners is just one example of the strong collaboration that allows government to continue providing results for the American people during challenging budget times. Federal dollars on these projects have been matched two-to-one by Coca-Cola, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Forest Foundation.
According to USDA - the new collaboration will leverage collective expertise to address increasing challenges on water resources. Coca-Cola Americas President Steve Cahillane says Coca-Cola supports more than 100 water projects throughout the U.S. He says their experience combined with the knowledge and resources of USDA and other partners will exponentially increase efforts to create healthier, more sustainable communities for all Americans.
USDA’s Forest Service, Coca-Cola, the NFF and NFWF have been working together to restore natural resources and wildfire-damaged watersheds since last year. Projects in the greater Denver area, California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and others have already replenished an estimated half-billion liters of water. The partnership announced Friday will expand these efforts - improving additional watersheds and returning more water to natu