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Kuh-Bam! Superheroes Save Our Planet!

Oklahoma City-based employees from Veolia Water swooped down south and devoted their work day to helping Mother Nature yesterday.


Oka’ Yanahli Preserve in Connerville, Oklahoma | April 09, 2014

Oklahoma City-based employees from Veolia Water swooped down south and devoted their work day to helping Mother Nature yesterday. Veolia Water superheroes helped out by removing trash from the Blue River and cutting down invasive trees at Oka’ Yanahli Preserve in Connerville on Tuesday, April 8.

“Since its beginning over 150 years ago, Veolia has been heavily involved in the protection of natural resources - water in particular,” said Bill Roach, Veolia Water Vice President of Operations. “Knowing we are helping to protect the future for others is a good feeling to have and probably the single best way to reinforce the true nature of teamwork. The Nature Conservancy reflects our values for the preservation of the environment, has an excellent track record of successfully implementing different programs and is positioned to act on a global scale.”

The preserve is along one-mile of the Blue River, one of only two free-flowing rivers in Oklahoma and a precious resource for life and economic development in southern Oklahoma.

“We can’t achieve our large-scale conservation victories without the support and involvement of those who share our passion for preserving Oklahoma’s last great places,” said Jona Tucker, Oka’ Yanahli Preserve Manager.

The Blue River is vital to sustaining agricultural and residential needs in south-central Oklahoma. With the help of Veolia Water volunteers, we are be able to create a resilient water supply for all users.

Chad and Roger

 

Chad Millspaugh (left) and Roger Chavez (right), Veolia Water employees from Oklahoma City, use their muscles to haul out trash along the Blue River at The Nature Conservancy’s Oka’ Yanahli Preserve in Connerville. Volunteers filled up three large truck beds with garbage that ranged from a bathroom sink to box springs to endless beverage containers.

Louie and Ryan

Louie Gutierrez (left) and Ryan Robinson (right), Veolia Water employees from Moore, happily collect trash from the county road bar ditch which acts as a funnel dumping garbage into the Blue River at The Nature Conservancy’s Oka’ Yanahli Preserve in Connerville. Volunteers filled up three large truck beds with garbage that ranged from a bathroom sink to box springs to endless beverage containers.

Randy

Randy Hegi, Veolia Water employee from Oklahoma City, used his super powers to help restore and maintain habitat quality by clearing Eastern redcedars from The Nature Conservancy’s Oka’ Yanahli Preserve in Connerville. Eastern redcedar is actually native to Oklahoma, but with the absence of fire on the landscape this juniper is spreading rapidly throughout our state and severely impacting open rangelands and forests.


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Contact information

Katherine Hawk
Communications Coordinator
408 N.W. 7th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 858 8557
(888) 267 5904
khawk@tnc.org

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