Constellation Brands, Inc. announced half million commitment to The Nature Conservancy over two years in support of TNC’s innovative dynamic water management programs in California. An additional $200,000 will support a broader global program.
Drawing on two nature-based opportunities, the dynamic water management programs in California target the San Joaquin Valley and the Stockton/Sacramento watersheds – both communities where a number of Constellation’s winery facilities and operations reside. These programs are designed to bring to life important proof of concept strategies for rebalancing water demand for people and nature that in turn may be implemented on a broader scale to seek to address water challenges across the State of California and elsewhere.
The remaining $200,000 was donated in February and will be used to support TNC’s broader Global Resilient Watersheds program, which is focused on making watershed health a priority by investing in nature-based solutions – such as forest protection, regenerative agricultural practices, wetland restoration, and natural vegetation corridors along waterways – and aims to restore watershed health and revitalize degraded freshwater systems around the world.
In addition to helping improve watershed health for the broader community, nature-based solutions implemented through the dynamic water management programs are expected to provide volumetric benefits toward Constellation’s water replenishment goals. Between Fiscal Year 2023 and Fiscal Year 2025, Constellation is targeting to restore approximately 1.1 billion gallons of water withdrawals from 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.
“We recognize access to clean water is a human right, and as a community member it is our responsibility to help ensure the resiliency of this resource in the areas where we live and work for generations to come,” said Mike McGrew, Constellation Brands’ Executive Vice President and Chief Communications, CSR, and Diversity Officer. “Collaborating with community members and supporting organizations like TNC to determine how we can collectively protect and restore water sources is a key component of our overall water stewardship strategy.”