Dow’s Blueprint on Sustainable Watershed Management

Water is Vital

By 2050, the world population will increase to 9.2 billion, with demand for fresh water increasing along with it. When fresh water is so scarce, how do you prioritize the needs of water today while also preserving water for the future? No one can do this alone – we must collaborate in new and meaningful ways to manage water more sustainably.

A Sustainable Watershed for All

As one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, Dow depends on a steady supply of water to create the products that are essential for everyday life and human progress. We know there are other water users – companies, farmers, and governments – who share our vision and have their own sustainable water management stories. Our vision and our hope is that through this blueprint, we inspire watershed stakeholders around the world to forge collaborations to sustainably manage scarce freshwater that is so vital to life on this planet.

SUSTAINABLE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT CASE STUDIES

The blueprint for sustainable watershed management is about sharing the story of our journey towards more sustainable water management which centers on the power of collaborations at the local and global scale. In those collaborations, stakeholders can play multiple roles, from framing the initial collaboration, to being a key supporter for the project execution – from a technical, financial, or policy standpoint. Read these case studies in which we share lessons from our journey and check back soon for new case studies.

DECREASING OPERATIONAL RELIANCE ON FRESHWATER

Dow's manufacturing site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands is the largest outside of the U.S. but is located in a region without much freshwater. Local partnerships enabled an innovative solution to reuse the municipal water from Ternueuzen in our industrial processes. Their waste became our treasure. This was the first municipal water reuse collaboration done at such a large scale and is only the beginning of our sustainable water journey at Terneuzen.

GREAT LAKES BLUE ACCOUNTING INITIATIVE

Blue Accounting is a new initiative and online platform that will provide cutting-edge information services about the Great Lakes to help our leaders manage the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem in a more collaborative, effective and holistic manner. Through our partnership with the Nature Conservancy and desire to be a good water steward in our communities, Dow’s role in this effort is as partner and technical advisor highlighting a unique role industry can play to support sustainable efforts to manage water in our communities without being the leader or convener.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Learn more about organizations we work with on water stewardship. Explore the collaborative tools we have found useful and let us know if there are other ones that are helpful to you.

Join us on conversations about best practices for sustainable watershed management. We will update the Water Blueprint as these conversations take place.