Our philosophy is simple: conserve what you can, and work to restore what you can’t. We’re taking steps to reduce our water consumption wherever we can, from little things like using water-saving hose attachments in our frozen dessert factory to tackling bigger projects that have the potential to save much, much more.
Some water usage is of course necessary.
Thanks to an innovative product offered by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), businesses like ours can now restore a portion of the water we draw from municipal water sources to critically dewatered rivers and streams. Since 2010, the Water Restoration CertificatesTM (WRCs) we’ve purchased from BEF have kept 10 million gallons of water annually in stream in Oregon’s critically dewatered Middle Deschutes River. All BEF restoration projects are certified by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to ensure that water is returned at a time and place that will produce real environmental benefits.
The Middle Deschutes is defined as the 35-mile section of the Deschutes River between the city of Bend and Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon. Thanks to the Deschutes River Conservancy and local irrigation districts, over 115 cubic feet per second flowed in the Middle Deschutes during the summer months of a recent irrigation season, helping foster a healthy ecosystem for people, plants, and wildlife. A number of river guides have already reported improved fish populations.
a trip to the deschutes
A few representatives from So Delicious Dairy Free recently had the opportunity to visit this magnificent river, and it is truly a special place! We believe the vital habitat this river provides along with the rugged beauty of this place is worth protecting.