On April 11, Region 5 staff will participate in a kick-off event to celebrate the Coca-Cola Company contributing $200,000 to the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources for replenishment work within the Ko’olau Mountain Watershed on Oahu.
This project is within a Region 5 and Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration Partnership project area. The goal of the investment is to restore the aquifer and protect 1,400 acres of priority watershed. The location is a major recharge area for the Pearl Harbor Aquifer, which provides 364 million gallons of water per day to support the majority of Oahu’s drinking water.
In addition, Coca-Cola is partnering with the Angeles National Forest on April 21 for an event at Chantry Flats on the forest. The event will include graffiti cleanup and trail maintenance along Hermit Falls trail, a picnic area cleanup, tree planting, bathroom painting, a guided tour with a botanist and a waterfall walk. Coca-Cola has partnered in the past with the Angeles National Forest and the Eldorado National Forest in Region 5.
Regionally and nationally the Forest Service works with Coca-Cola to invest in the health of watersheds for future generations. That partnership has replenished 1 billion liters of water across the country.