MillerCoors and River Network award $25,000 in grants to local watershed organization

MillerCoors, in partnership with River Network, today awarded more than $60,000 to six local non-profit organizations focused on watershed protection, conservation and education. The recipients of the grants were chosen by nearly 15,000 people in the fourth annual MillerCoors – River Network grant competition, where only a handful of votes separated the winner from the runner-up.

As part of an $80,000 donation from MillerCoors to River Network, the largest grant of $25,000 will be awarded to Clinton River Watershed Council in Michigan, which received the most votes in the month-long online voting campaign. The group will apply the funds towards streambank restoration projects, public access development and ongoing public awareness initiatives around the Clinton River.

“Water quality and availability is a critical global issue, and one that MillerCoors has identified as a key sustainable development priority,” said Kim Marotta, director of corporate social responsibility for MillerCoors. “Through our partnership with River Network, we’re proud to provide support to organizations that will help bring awareness to water conservation and quality and make a meaningful impact on water supplies around the country.”

Friends of the Mississippi River located in Minnesota, received the second-most votes. The competition originally awarded second-place with a $15,000 grant, however due to only a handful of votes standing between the first and second place winners, MillerCoors will provide an additional $5,000 to Friends of the Mississippi River. The third place vote-recipient, Ohio River Foundation, will receive a $10,000 grant and the remaining three organizations will each receive $2,000.

“From improving natural habitat and building rain gardens, to reducing polluted runoff and soil erosion and establishing watershed friendly homes – these types of water protection efforts showcase the breadth of what is happening every day in local communities around the country,” said Todd Ambs, president of River Network. “We’re especially grateful to MillerCoors for their leadership and support of these six specific projects, and for helping to ensure a healthy water future for all people, fish and wildlife, and future generations.” 

MillerCoors is committed to water sustainability and has set a goal to reduce water usage to 3.5 barrels of water to one barrel of beer by 2015. More information on MillerCoors sustainable development and water stewardship programs can be found on GreatBeerGreatResponsibility.com. You can also read more about the organizations at www.RiverNetwork.org

For more details about the six awarded organizations, MillerCoors and the River Network, click here.