Waterborne Employees Gave Back to Local Ecosystems in 2014
In 2013 Waterborne created an Outreach & Service committee because they wanted to give back to their local community. Given their interest and passion for the environment, they felt their expertise and skill set could best serve local projects that focused on plants, wildlife and watershed projects. In 2014, the company successfully participated in a number of events. Employees volunteered to assist the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy monitor Bluebirds in Loudoun County, recording over 50 Bluebird chicks that hatched and fledged. They participated in Goose Creek Association’s Goose Creek Challenge, helping to plant more than 2,000 trees, shrubs and live stakes along the Potomac River to create forest buffers that will improve water quality. The work amounted to just over 7,250 linear feet of protected stream bank. Employees also suited-up for the Keep Loudoun Beautiful Canoe Clean-Ups and were part of a group consisting of over 60 volunteers. Collectively they pulled 90 tires, 45 bags of recyclable materials, 20 bags of miscellaneous refuse, and other large pieces of debris from the water and river banks. The Potomac River was left cleaner and the volunteer team was able to enjoy a beautiful day on the water! The Washington Post featured the clean-up event in the paper and their coverage can be found here.
Additionally, Waterborne’s CEO, Patrick Holden, has been a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) for many years and has volunteered numerous hours, helping with a variety of activities associated with building and maintaining the beautiful Appalachian Trail. Most recently he helped renovate an old trail cabin near Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park and he has full intentions to participate again in 2015.