Calling Mother Nature

How can we reduce water pollution? Nature holds the answer. At Dow, we are headquartered in the heart of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem, so we know how important water protection is for survival.

Blue Accounting Collaboration
Spanning two countries and eight states, the Blue Accounting project takes a collaborative approach to tackling critical issues that threaten the North American Great Lakes ecosystem. The project, which is co-led by The Great Lakes Commission and The Nature Conservancy in partnership with Dow and other water management industry experts and stakeholders, reviews existing data and implements solutions to support a shared goal of cleaner, safer waterways. The project targets five pilot initiatives: aquatic invasive species, phosphorus control, maritime transportation, coastal wetlands and source water protection.

Seadrift, Texas Wetlands
To save energy in a cost-effective way, 110 acres of a water treatment pond were converted into wetlands at our Seadrift, Texas site. The wetlands project cost $1.4 MM compared to the alternative – a wastewater treatment plant to remove algae estimated at $40 MM. Before the wetlands, Seadrift was consistently challenged with algae as a byproduct of wastewater treatment, struggling to comply with limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency. After two successful pilot tests, wetlands construction began on a drained tertiary pond. Plants native to the area, like bulrushes, were planted. Seadrift also eliminated the use of chemical treatments, improving biodiversity.

#PullingOurWeight, a global initiative with the Ocean Conservancy that encourages beach and waterway clean-up, has inspired Dow employees to take action against water pollution. By the end of 2018, our employees and their families and friends had removed an unprecedented 54,000 pounds of trash from waterways. With more than 5,700 people participating in 57 cleanups, this project marks the largest participation for a cause in Dow’s history and demonstrates our commitment to valuing nature.