DOVER, Mass., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeper Springs™ Natural Spring Water, which donates 100 percent of its profits to protect America's waterways, today announced the donation of more than $145,000 in support of local environmental heroes. This year, Keeper Springs has added four Waterkeeper® organizations to its donation roster, bringing to 17 the number of individual Waterkeepers supported by Keeper Springs across the country. Keeper Springs has raised more than $1.145 million to support America's waterways.
Keeper Springs donates 100 percent of its profits to the members of its namesake – Waterkeeper® Alliance and its 17 of the 200 Waterkeepers around the world. Donations from Keeper Springs help the people who have dedicated their lives to fight for American's right to clean water and clean waterways. Waterkeepers fight water pollution and the polluters themselves, by fighting for the enforcement of clean water laws, as well as the restoration and preservation of these precious national assets.
"We are proud of the tireless work of the Waterkeepers, and are thrilled to support them with additional resources to help protect our waterways," said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., environmental lawyer and advocate, and co-founder of Keeper Springs. "The donations from Keeper Springs are vital to the individual Waterkeepers who protect and restore their watersheds everyday."
Keeper Springs aims to increase awareness of the Waterkeepers' mission and provide a tool – money – to help them do more for our nation's waterways. As part of its most recent activities, the Keeper Springs Mobile Tour made stops throughout parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York to educate consumers about the brand's commitment and to demand recycling.
This summer, Keeper Springs was chosen by Omni Hotels & Resorts to be part of its new "Art of Water" poolside menu program. Omni offered Keeper Springs at 22 hotels and made a matching donation of $5,000 to the Waterkeeper Alliance, the global environmental movement uniting nearly 200 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect waterways from pollution to climate change. The $5,000 donation will support the Waterkeeper Alliance's Clean Water Act (CWA) 40 Initiative, an awareness project working with Waterkeeper organizations, the general public, and local and national decision makers regarding the important of the CWA during the 40th anniversary of the historic legislation becoming law.
"As we talked to people during our Northeast tour, we met with individuals along the way who shared our concern for our waterways and were more than willing to help by choosing Keeper Springs," said Chris Bartle, co-founder of Keeper Springs. "And we are thrilled with Omni Hotels & Resorts' donation. It's heartwarming to work with a company, which has many properties near some of our greatest waterways, that gives back to ensure protection and shows their commitment to sustainability."
The funding provided by Keeper Springs is used to support the following Waterkeepers (bold represents fist time recipients):
- Charleston Riverkeeper (Charleston, S.C.)
- Indian Riverkeeper (St. Lucie, Fla)
- Long Island Soundkeeper (Norwalk, Conn.)
- St. Louis Confluence Riverkeeper (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Hudson Riverkeeper (Ossining, N.Y)
- Buzzards Baykeeper Coalition (New Bedford, Mass.)
- Casco Baykeeper (South Portland, Maine)
- Massachusetts Baykeeper (Newton, Mass.)
- NY/NJ Baykeeper (Keyport, N.J.)
- Potomac Riverkeeper (Washington, D.C.)
- Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
- Tennessee Riverkeeper (Decatur, Ala.)
- South River Federation (Edgewater, Md.)
- Russian Riverkeeper (Healdsburg, Calif.)
- Upper Watauga Riverkeeper (Boone, N.C.)
- Colorado Riverkeeper (Moab, Utah)
- Black Warrior Riverkeeper (Birmingham, Ala.)
Learn more about projects supported by Keeper Springs at http://www.KeeperSprings.com.
About Keeper Springs
Founded in 1999, Keeper Springs Natural Spring Water was launched by environmental lawyer and advocate, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and two friends, John Hoving and Chris Bartle, with one mission: to help support, protect and restore our nation's waterways by donating 100 percent of profits to this cause. The brand Keeper Springs is named to honor the keepers of the Waterkeeper® Alliance, environmental heroes who fight to protect waterways all over the world from polluters and degradation. To date, Keeper Springs is proud to have raised more than $1.145 million to support America's waterways.
Keeper Springs uses bottles made from 50 percent recycled PET...and is working towards a 100 percent recycled PET bottle. Keeper Springs also supports the most comprehensive recycling legislation and has spent over a decade helping to fight for better regulation, tough penalties and solutions. Keeper Springs is available at beverage retailers in many of the Eastern states, and is expanding distribution on the West Coast. For more information, visit http://www.KeeperSprings.com.
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