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Storefront: Water Stewardship

Working with Environmental Organizations to Protect Our Water

We’re committed to helping protect, conserve, and restore the Everglades’ ecosystem as well as other major water resources in our footprint. Adding to our existing work with the Arbor Day Foundation in Florida, we are now supporting the National Audubon Society and the National Park Foundation in the Everglades.

The Everglades spans two million acres across central and south Florida. It’s a habitat for numerous protected species, serves as a natural buffer to protect from hurricanes, and plays a vital role to millions of Floridians as a source of daily water supply.

Our monetary support of the National Audubon Society will remove invasive Carolina willow trees from Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the western Everglades, restoring approximately 500 acres and saving a potential 110 million gallons of water per year.

Our donation to the National Park Foundation will help remove and control the invasive Australian pine in the saline glades region in the eastern portion of Everglades National Park, restoring over 500 acres and saving a potential 64 million gallons of water annually.

Since 2016, our continued donations to the Arbor Day Foundation have made it possible to plant one million trees across more than 1,500 acres in Florida’s Little Orange Creek Preserve, Withlacoochee State Forest, Econfina Creek, and the Sunnyhill Restoration and Emeralda Marsh Conservation areas. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, these trees are estimated to intercept more than 87 million gallons of stormwater runoff and will help absorb and store more than one million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 40 years.*

*Estimates calculated using iTree, a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools.