Karen Hobbs, Senior Policy Analyst at the NRDC Water Program, has dedicated her work toward studying the health of our waterways and the role that plays in beermaking, particularly as it relates to the growing craft brewing trend in the U.S. This focus birthed the Brewers for Clean Water campaign, which challenges breweries to pledge to use clean water in accordance with the Clean Water Act. “You can bring a lot of people together over a beer in a way that you just can’t do from a strictly policy sense,” Hobbs admits. “One of the strengths of NRDC is meeting people where they are. We wanted to work with craft brewers because they are so connected to their communities. If change occurs in a water body that they are dependent upon to make their product, they feel that almost immediately.”

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