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A New Clean-Water Initiative Aims to Benefit Breweries and Birds

The National Audubon Society is working with brewers in the Delaware River Watershed to keep waterways clean so that customers can continue to drink great beer and birds don’t lose their habitat.

John Holl Feb 11, 2019 - 5 min read

A New Clean-Water Initiative Aims to Benefit Breweries and Birds Primary Image

Photo: Osprey. Photo: Kurt Wecker/Audubon Photography Awards

Water is the vital resource for life as well as beer. Protecting this natural resource has been top of mind for many breweries in the country for years—from initiatives to keep the Great Lakes pristine to ensuring that municipal water supplies and infrastructure are maintained and free from contaminates. Now the National Audubon Society has joined forces with brewers in the Delaware River Watershed to make sure that a vital area of the country that is responsible for not only drinking water but also tourism and habitats for native birds is protected.

Earlier this year the society launched the Brewers for the Delaware River Association, a group of professional brewers committed to keeping the area clean and thriving. This initiative aims to protect the more than 400 species of birds living in the area that covers more than 13,500 square miles over Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, says Maddox Wolfe, the costal campaigns manager for the National Audubon Society.

“In politics, there’s a saying that if you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re on the menu,” she says.

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John Holl is the author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint, and has worked for both Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® and All About Beer Magazine.