Waterkeeper Alliance Announces 3rd Annual SPLASH Series, Presented by Toyota
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, April 21, 2013, 01:57 PM EDT
Waterkeeper Alliance, the global environmental organization dedicated to clean water, today announced the locations of its 3rd Annual SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota. SPLASH events will take place in waterways across the United States to raise funds to support Waterkeeper Alliance and local Waterkeeper member organizations by engagingcommunity members and clean-water enthusiasts in water-based recreational activities, including swimming, paddling, fishing and boating.
The first in this season’s series of SPLASH events, Stand Up for Clean Water, will take place in Santa Monica, California on April 20th at the Annenberg Community Beach House. This exciting day will be filled with a variety of educational and watersport activities the whole family can enjoy on Earth Day weekend including competitive and non-competitive stand-up paddleboard races.
Events Nationwide InviteAmericans To Swim, Paddle and Fish in Their Local Waterways To Celebrate the Importance of Clean Water
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“Recreational use of our waterways is one of the most important benefits of our work to patrol and protect the world’s waterways from pollution,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “We are thankful to Toyota for presenting this national program and helping to ensure everyone’s right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.”
“At Toyota our commitment to the environment is built into everything we do, from creating fuel-efficient vehicles to aiming for zero waste in our manufacturing plants to partnering with innovative conservation organizations, such as Waterkeeper Alliance,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president, national philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation. “We are so proud to support the 2013 SPLASH series to help raise awareness of the importance of protecting our water resources while encouraging community members to enjoy their local waterways.”
Each of the events scheduled for the 2013 SPLASH Series will be designed to suit the interests of the local community in which the event takes place and featurepost-event festivities the whole community can enjoy. A broad range of water-based recreational activities – swimming, paddling, boating, and fishing – will be offered, and supporters are encouraged to participate either as individuals or in a team. SPLASH events will take place in several locations around the country, including New York, DC, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama and California.
On May 4, the Great Russian River Race in Healdsburg, CA will convene hundreds of paddlers for a day of fun on the water. On May 11, Hudson Riverkeeper will conduct a SPLASH cleanup event at more than 60 sites along the River in which more than 1000 individuals will clear over 1000 cubic yards of waste from the watershed to prepare it for recreation. Other SPLASH events will follow throughout the year in markets across the country, including Mobile, AL; Frankfurt, KY; New Bedford, MA; Cleveland, OH; Secaucus, NJ; Charleston, SC and others.
For more information, please visit: http://splashseries.org/
About Waterkeeper Alliance
Waterkeeper Alliance is the fastest growing global environmental movement uniting more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol more than 1.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines on six continents.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the United States and its investment here is currently valued at more than $19.5 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. To date, Toyota has contributed nearly $700 million to philanthropic programs in the United States.
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy .