'Drinks for the Delaware' raises money for clean water Delaware Highlands Conservancy launches program to protect the ecology of Upper Delaware River region
Here and Now Brewing Company participates in "Drinks for the Delaware" (Facebook photo)
HAWLEY — Breweries, distilleries, wineries, and coffee and tea producers all rely on abundant, clean water to create their product. That's why some have joined the Delaware Highlands Conservancy's new "Drinks for the Delaware" program, which offers residents and visitors a chance to help protect local water resources. Participating establishments offer a featured drink that includes a $1 donation for each one sold (50 cents per serving for coffee and tea drinkers). These donations are then given to the Conservancy to support its mission to protect the Upper Delaware River watershed. The initial participating partners include: Here and Now Brewing Company, 645 Main St., Honesdale, Pa.; phone: 570-253-0700 Loose Leaf Pages, 627-1 Main St., Honesdale, Pa.; phone: 570-253-0907 Black and Brass Coffee, 520 Main St, Honesdale, Pa.; phone: 570-251-7713 Catskill Distilling Company, 2037 Route 17B, Bethel, N.Y.; phone: 845-583-3141 "The Delaware River is a vital part of our livelihood and quality of life," said Allaina Propst, owner of Here and Now Brewing Company. "As a business and as residents it's essential that we do all we can to protect and preserve it. Through our partnership we're hoping to create a strong current of support for the future of the region and our river." Stacy Cohen, owner of the Catskill Distilling Company and Dancing Cat Saloon finds "Drinks for the Delaware" a natural fit for the company. "We need the pure water of the Catskill Mountains to distill our craft spirits, and our customers appreciate that we're also committed to protecting and investing in the beautiful farms and waters that make this place so special," she said. Green Lodging a model"Drinks for the Delaware" is modeled after the Conservancy's successful Green Lodging Partnership program, which since 2012 has offered guests at participating hotels the option to make a $2-per-stay contribution to the protection of the working farms and forests, clean waters, and outdoor recreational opportunities that make the Upper Delaware River region such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region. "We're thrilled to find new ways to partner with the wonderful locally owned, sustainable businesses who care for our community, and to work together not just for our mutual benefit, but for the millions of people who rely on clean drinking water from the Upper Delaware," said Diane Rosencrance, executive director for the Conservancy. For more information visit delawarehighlands.org/drinksforthedelaware. For more information or to become a participant, call 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010, or visit DelawareHighlands.org.