Efforts to protect water quality in a watershed that serves parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas are receiving the financial support of Tyson Foods, Inc.

The company has made a commitment to donate $60,000 to the Elk River Watershed Improvement Association (ERWIA). The money will help the non-profit group design an improvement and management plan for the entire basin, which drains 870 square miles in northeast Oklahoma, southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Tyson Foods officials made the announcement Saturday at the Association's Annual Earth Day Celebration and Water Festival.

"We're thankful for Tyson's donation as well as the help the company's Noel poultry complex has provided since our group was formed two years ago," said Joseph Pease, president of ERWIA and an environmental manager for Tyson Foods. "Our Association is made up of people from various walks of life that share a love of the environment. Donations, such as the one provided by Tyson, are essential to our plans to take a pro-active, scientific approach to protecting the area's waterways."

Source: PRNewswire