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Keeper Springs Natural Spring Water announced the donation of $100,000 in support of local Keepers nationwide to help them continue working for clean water. To date, Keeper Springs has donated more than $1 million to the umbrella organization Waterkeeper Alliance and to individual Keepers throughout the U.S.
“We are proud to acknowledge the hard work of Keepers by helping to provide them with additional resources to protect our waterways,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., environmental lawyer, advocate and co-founder of Keeper Springs.
Each Keeper was given a donation to support specific projects in repairing and restoring local waterways. In addition, Keeper Springs also provided start-up funding for Keepers such as the newly formed Masschusetts Baykeeper, whose mission is to protect, restore and conserve the Massachusetts Bay and its surrounding watershed. The organization will be acknowledged and formally presented a contribution at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 25 in Boston, where Keeper Springs will be the Official Water of the event.
The Keepers who are receiving donations in 2011 for the restoration and conservation of local waterways include:
• South River Federation, Edgewater, Md.;
• Tennessee Riverkeeper, Decatur, Ala.;
• Potomac Riverkeeper, Washington, D.C.;
• Casco Baykeeper, South Portland, Maine;
• NY/NJ Baykeeper, Keyport, N.J.;
• Upper Watauga Riverkeeper, Boone, N.C.;
• Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Birmingham, Ala.;
• Colorado Riverkeeper, Moab, Utah;
• Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Santa Barbara, Calif., and;
• Russian Riverkeeper, Healdsburg, Calif.