Constellation Brands has made a two-year commitment of $400,000 in total contributions to The Nature Conservancy to help fund its conservation projects focused on improving the quantity and quality of inflows to the Rio Grande.
The Rio Grande is the fifth longest river in the world and supplies drinking and irrigation water for more than six million people and two million acres of land across the U.S. and Mexico.
The projects are aimed at helping to provide adequate and safe water supply for downstream users, including in Piedras Negras, Coahuila – a local community near Constellation Brands’ operations in Mexico.
A portion of the contribution will be used to support expanding TNC’s Sustainable Agriculture Program to the Rio Grande Basin.
“We look forward to collaborating with TNC to deliver sustainable water solutions that help support the livelihoods of our families, neighbors and local residents in communities near our operations,” said Mike McGrew, Constellation Brands’ executive vice president and chief Communications, CSR and Diversity Officer. “When members of the business community, local residents, government officials and non-governmental organizations work together to ensure the long-term viability of our communities everyone benefits.”
In addition to helping improve water quality and quantity for the broader community, the programs are expected to provide volumetric benefits toward Constellation’s water restoration goals, the company reported.
Between fiscal year 2023 and fiscal year 2025, Constellation is targeting to restore some 1.1 billion gallons of water withdrawals from local watersheds, while improving accessibility and quality of water for communities where the company operates.
To achieve this target, Constellation developed a strategy focused on water efficiency, watershed restoration and water accessibility and quality.
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