U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Coca-Cola North America President Sandy Douglas recently announced that their partnership to restore and protect damaged watersheds within national forest lands achieved a milestone of one billion liters of water restored, and that the partnership will commit to double that outcome through 2018.The 13 restoration areas are located within U.S. national forest land, the source of drinking water for more than 60 million Americans, and they can help ensure that future generations living nearby will have access to fresh water.This public-private sector partnership includes community organizations and taps their collective expertise to address increasing stress on water resources during challenging budget times. Dozens of local communities and hundreds of volunteers and youth worked together on water resource management education and stewardship activities.The Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico is an example of the public-private partnerships approach. Local partners worked together to help restore an alpine meadow and enhanced a natural wetland habitat. The U.S. established the National Forest System to ensure the long-term supply of water for the country.Maybe more than 100 years later, the stewardship of these public lands for forest and watershed health will continue to ensure water needs across the United States.https://www.cnielts.com/img/201610/EC2D81EB-1C7F-4D85-B132-213C759EE054_w250_r1_s.jpg