An­heuser-Busch halts Cartersville beer pro­duc­tion to re­plen­ish emer­gency wa­ter sup­plies

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - West Ge­or­gia Neigh­bor staff

Heavy de­mand for emer­gency drink­ing wa­ter af­ter Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires and Hur­ri­canes Florence and Michael led An­heuserBusch’s Cartersville Brew­ery last week to tem­po­rar­ily halt beer pro­duc­tion to can emer­gency drink­ing wa­ter.

The de­mand for clean, safe drink­ing wa­ter ex­hausted ex­ist­ing stocks the com­pany do­nates to the Amer­i­can Red Cross dur­ing times of nat­u­ral disasters, com­pany of­fi­cials said on Oct. 22.

“Re­cent do­na­tions to disas­ter re­lief ef­forts have de­pleted our in­ven­tory of emer­gency drink­ing wa­ter. We need to be ready to help next time the Red Cross re­quests our as­sis­tance,” said Bill Bradley, vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­nity af­fairs at An­heuser-Busch.

“We’ve made a com­mit­ment to be there for Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties in times of need, and we are fol­low­ing through on that prom­ise.”

Through­out the year, the Cartersville brew­ery sched­ules pe­ri­odic pauses of beer pro­duc­tion to can drink­ing wa­ter. The wa­ter is staged lo­cally, ready to be shipped at a mo­ment’s no­tice once the brewer re­ceives a re­quest from the Amer­i­can Red Cross, a long­stand­ing part­ner.

At the re­quest of the Red Cross, An­heuser-Busch has pro­vided more than 800,000 cans – or 16 truck­loads – of emer­gency drink­ing wa­ter so far in 2018, prompt­ing to­day’s un­sched­uled run to re­plen­ish stocks.

For the past 30 years, An­heuser-Busch has part­nered with the Amer­i­can Red Cross to pro­vide emer­gency drink­ing wa­ter for disas­ter re­lief ef­forts. Since 1988, An­heuser-Busch and its whole­saler part­ners have pro­vided nearly 80 mil­lion cans of wa­ter to U.S. com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by nat­u­ral disasters na­tion­wide.

In Septem­ber, An­heuserBusch in­tro­duced the wa­ter can­ning ca­pa­bil­ity to its Fort Collins, Colorado, brew­ery -- dou­bling its pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity and en­abling the brewer to more quickly help com­mu­ni­ties in need from coast to coast.

“This pro­gram is made pos­si­ble by our em­ploy­ees at the Cartersville and Fort Collins brew­eries, and our whole­saler part­ners who never hes­i­tate to go the ex­tra mile when Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties are fac­ing dif­fi­cult times,” Bradley said.

To learn more about An­heuser-Busch’s disas­ter re­lief ef­forts, please visit­­ter­world/ com­mu­nity.html.

An­heuser-Busch has op­er­ated for more than 165 years. It owns and op­er­ate 23 brew­eries, 29 dis­trib­u­tor­ships and 23 agri­cul­tural and pack­ag­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and has more than 18,000 work­ers across the U.S.

The black bear pop­u­la­tion has been grow­ing across North Ge­or­gia to the point of spilling over into North­east Alabama.

Re­searchers at Auburn Univer­sity have de­ter­mined a grow­ing black bear pop­u­la­tion that is lo­cated around the Lit­tle River Canyon can be traced through DNA sam­ples to bears that have been har­vested in North­west Ge­or­gia.

“In the four years we stud­ied the pop­u­la­tion it seemed to dou­ble in growth,” said Pro­fes­sor Todd Steury. “We didn’t ac­tu­ally catch as many bears as we would have liked.”

By “catch,” Steury was re­fer­ring to the re­cov­ery of hair sam­ples from snares that were set up across a large area pri­mar­ily in DeKalb and Chero­kee coun­ties.

Chuck Waters, the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sourced Re­gion One Game Man­age­ment su­per­vi­sor said the in­for­ma­tion from Alabama was not sur­pris­ing at all.

“We share a lot of South­ern Ap­palachian black bears with Ten­nessee and North Carolina, too,” Waters said.

The re­search team did re­port that anec­do­tal ev­i­dence, pri­mar­ily from game cam­eras that were also placed around the study area, sug­gests that the recorded bears did seem to be very healthy.

“We are see­ing a lot of three and four cub lit­ters,” Steury said. “Some­times from the same mother mul­ti­ple years in a row. We only see that when bears are do­ing re­ally well.” He said it is much more typ­i­cal to see two cub lit­ters.

Steury said the bears do seem to be very con­cen­trated in a rel­a­tively small area. An­other grad­u­ate stu­dent is still an­a­lyz­ing data rel­a­tive to habi­tat use.

The state of Alabama re­newed the grant for an­other four or five-year pe­riod and Steury said the next study would fo­cus on den­ning be­hav­ior, cub sur­vival and cub dis­perse­ment.

Waters said lit­er­a­ture in­di­cates an adult sow can have a “home” range of close to 10,000 acres.

“I don’t think the ra­dio col­lars that we put on some adult males last long enough to give us a good idea of their range,” Wa­ter said.

At this point, Alabama does not have an open bear hunt­ing sea­son.

In ad­di­tion to the Lit­tle River Canyon pop­u­la­tion, Alabama does have an­other sig­nif­i­cant bear pop­u­la­tion in the Mo­bile River Basin of south­west Alabama.

/ Lorene Parker

An­heuser-Busch brought a spe­cial treat to the em­ploy­ees at their Cartersville brew­ery now cel­e­brat­ing it’s 25th an­niver­sary in op­er­a­tion in Bar­tow County. This Cly­des­dale is part of a team that draw the brewer’s fa­mous car­riage in a va­ri­ety of events.

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