The second annual public service initiative known as Colonial Cares takes center stage this month with 10 volunteer activities scheduled system-wide. Colonial Pipeline employees from Texas to New Jersey will be working with local conservation partners in a number of projects including river cleanups, tree plantings, beach sweeps and park restorations.

Colonial actively supports conservation groups that are focused on areas near the company’s right-of-way and in which pipeline facilities are located.

In fulfilling its mission to protect the public and the environment, the company works closely with first responders and local conservation groups. Colonial's commitment to environmental stewardship is best accomplished with the engagement of key organizations that protect the environment it shares its pipeline with. When operators and conservation groups work together, the environment is the biggest winner.

As part of its relationships with conservation groups, Colonial assists each on an annual basis by providing volunteer manpower and resources for projects that improve their local environs.

Colonial Cares 2017 events include:

October 6:      Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, Blocton, Alabama

Volunteers planted trees and removed invasive species in support of an effort by the Cahaba Riverkeeper

October 6:      Piedmont Land Conservancy, Greensboro, North Carolina

Volunteers worked with members of the Piedmont Land Conservancy to build a new trail leading to an existing outdoor amphitheater.

October 9:      Catawba Riverkeeper Cleanup, Mt. Holly, North Carolina

Volunteers will work with the Catawba Riverkeeper to pick up trash in and around the Catawba River by kayak and on foot.

October 10:    Union Beach Cleanup, Union Beach, New Jersey

Volunteers will work with the New York/New Jersey Baykeeper to clean up Union Beach which is within view of the New York skyline.

October 12:    NRPA Riparian Buffer Restoration, Rain Garden and Walking Path Projects, Suffolk, Virginia

Volunteers will work with the National Parks and Recreation Association to install native plants, shrubs and trees in a 100-foot riparian buffer. They will also spread mulch near the buffer area to create a walking path for park visitors.

October 12:    CRCL & LPBF Tree Planting, Braithwaite, Louisiana

Following an air boat ride to the location, volunteers will work with members of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to plant 500 trees in the marsh. Those trees will be wrapped with protective plastic casings to prevent nutrias from eating the seedlings.

October 13:    Village Creek Cleanup, Kountze, Texas

Volunteers will work with the Nature Conservancy to clean Village Creek by kayak and on foot.

October 13:    Stroud Water Research Center Tree Planting, East Fallowfield Township, Pennsylvania

Volunteers will join a number of other groups to plant 1,000 trees creating a buffer on the river.

October 20:    MaryAnn Brown Preserve Restoration, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Volunteers will work with the Nature Conservancy to conduct trail maintenance, mark boundaries and clean-up around the pond.

October 27:    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Cleanup, Atlanta, Georgia

Volunteers will work with members of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization to clean up the Chattahoochee River or one of its tributaries.

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