Restoration Projects Return Water to Nature

Session Date & Time: 
May 7, 2012 - 10:30am
Session Length: 
90 minutes
Skill Level: 

Rena Stricker, Watershed Sustainability

Todd Reeve, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Jon Radtke, Coca-Cola Refreshments

In 2007, The Coca-Cola Company set a goal to return to nature and communities an amount of water equal to what we use in our beverages and their production. For our business, that means we are continuing to use water more efficiently in our operations, returning water used in our manufacturing process safely to the environment, and supporting initiatives that bring safe water and sanitation to communities in need. In this workshop we will share how Coca-Cola Refreshments is working with conservation and municipal partners on riparian protection and restoration projects to support healthy watersheds and sustainable communities, and help balance the water used in our finished beverages. Attendees from conservation NGOs will learn how we develop community water partnerships and quantify water quality and quantity benefits from replenish projects. The Bear River Streamflow Restoration Project will be examined as a case study with our partner, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). Todd Reeve will speak to what this project accomplishes, how it is structured and how BEF is developing a market for Water Restoration Credits for such projects.

Presenter Bio(s): 

Jon Radtke is the Water Resource Sustainability Manager for Coca-Cola North America in Atlanta, GA. In this role, he manages the company's water stewardship strategy, which assesses and mitigates water risks facing Coca-Cola operations on a local, regional and national basis. Primary areas of focus include water conservation initiatives within manufacturing facilities, source water sustainability strategies, community water partnerships and sustainable agriculture initiatives within the supply chain. One goal of the Company is to return to nature and to communities an amount of water equivalent to the water used in Coca-Cola's beverages and their production. Mr. Radtke's leadership in these areas has helped to position The Coca-Cola Company as an industry leader in water stewardship. Jon has a Bachelor degree in Geology and a Masters in Hydrogeology with over 20 years of professional experience managing a wide range of water supply and environmental projects.

Rena Stricker is an ecologist with 20 years of experience in natural resource protection, restoration and sustainable development. Rena worked for The Nature Conservancy for the first half of her conservation career in Southeast and Southwest USA prior to her current role supporting Coca-Cola Refreshments as their ecologist managing watershed conservation work and partnerships. She coordinates initiatives across bottling plants, building environmental community partnerships and developing water neutrality replenishment programs in bottling plant watersheds and in the supply chain (via conservation agriculture, particularly with corn production). Rena also creates employee volunteerism and community engagements around water stewardship via rain barrel making workshops, river restoration workdays and environmental expositions. Rena serves on the board of the Southeast Watershed Forum representing Georgia. Rena graduated cum laude with a Master's Degree in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture, and Bachelor's Degree from the University of Georgia.

For over 15-years, Todd Reeve has undertaken watershed restoration, flow restoration, and fisheries research and assessment efforts across the Pacific Northwest. Todd is a former Watershed Restoration Program Manager and is the current Vice President of Watershed Programs at the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, where he oversees BEF's Model Watershed and Water Restoration Certificate Programs. He has worked in various capacities for watershed councils, the U.S. Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the E.P.A., and private consulting firms. Todd has presented at numerous conferences and has published articles in several journals and magazines. He holds an M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon.