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The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Ducks Unlimited to support the efforts of its sister organization, Ducks Unlimited de México A.C. (DUMAC), to improve infrastructure and conserve blue carbon through erosion control and protection of 94,016 acres of the Seri First Nation Reservation in the area of Canal del Infiernillo in the mid-Pacific coastal state of Sonora, México.
The committee's grant to DUMAC will allow a team of local engineers and biologists to move forward in partnership with Seri leaders to construct 172 dry toilets and 41 biodigesters in the town of Punta Chueca, where 95% of the homes lack running water and 45% of the septic systems are degraded. The resulting organic runoff pollutes surrounding coastal seagrass beds and mangroves.
DUMAC's collaborative process will provide jobs and improve the quality of life of residents, while also protecting their valuable, yet vulnerable, coastal shoreline.
The NextGen Committee is part of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, an Atlanta-based private family foundation that was formed to celebrate the legacy of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), the globally known industrialist turned environmentalist who founded Interface, Inc. Anderson's five grandchildren and their spouses comprise the Committee, which has granted more than half a million dollars to programs focused on climate change mitigation and education since 2014.