Ozarka’s bottling facility is located on a 2,500-acre site containing an abundance of high quality springs and spring-fed forested wetlands.

In Hawkins, active wetland management that is expected to improve wetland areas that provide critical habitat for migratory and wintering waterfowl, and benefit breeding wood ducks and other resident waterbirds and wildlife species. Ducks Unlimited biologists and engineers expect this partnership and the associated projects to continue through 2010.

David Feckley, senior natural resource manager at Ozarka, said: ”We are very excited to be involved with Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands conservation, and are proud to partner with an organization that shares our passion for the environment and sustainable land management practices.

”Our bottling operations in Hawkins only use a small portion of water for bottling, leaving the majority to supply the wetlands downstream. It is our goal through this partnership to ensure these waters are managed in a way that sustains wetlands and their associated species, and to support important wetlands conservation initiatives throughout the Lone Star State.”

Sean Stone, director of development at Ducks Unlimited, said: ”Ozarka fully recognizes the importance of wetlands to protecting clean water as well as to waterfowl and wildlife habitat. They practice sustainable water management, utilizing the resource responsibly while ensuring an ample supply is available to support a healthy wetlands environment.

”Expanding on that environmental stewardship, Ozarka’s generous grant will not only improve wetlands surrounding their own facility, but will also support wetland restoration efforts along the Texas Gulf Coast.”