NEW YORK -- As part of its commitment to maintaining healthy ecosystems that foster recreation and youth participation in sport, NHL Green™ has introduced Gallons for Goals™, a season-long commitment focusing on the issue of freshwater scarcity. The National Hockey League Foundation (NHLF) has pledged to restore 1,000 gallons of water to a critically dewatered river for every goal scored during the 2011-12 regular season.
The Foundation will support the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's (BEF) Water Restoration Certificate Program to help restore streamflow to Oregon's Deschutes River. The watercourse is a scenic gem with the potential to support world-class recreation and functioning aquatic ecosystems. Today, however, the region is plagued by disruptions in stream flow which have degraded habitats, resulting in poor water quality and a decline in the overall health of the river.