Thanks to Patagonia and our local Buffalo Peak Outfitters, Keep The Rez Beautiful (KRB) recently supplied the first dog-waste stations for Ross Barnett Reservoir campgrounds and the Turtle Point Nature Area and other parks, including a future dog park, located around the Reservoir to help reduce nonpoint source pollution. Funding also provided the installation of new native plants and trees to improve existing and to create new pollinator gardens. These “Best Management Practices,” will help improve water quality and will increase pollinators that are in decline nationwide. Volunteers from Whole Foods, Inc., Lowe’s Heroes, Pearl River Valley Water Supply District maintenance employees, local schools and KRB Board members all assisted in the projects. The initiative has served as a catalyst for other partnerships in the effort, including Keep America Beautiful, Lowe’s, MS Department of Environmental Quality and Keep Mississippi Beautiful, allowing the purchasing of more dog waste stations and plants. Over 1,500 hours of volunteer time was donated in 2015 for volunteer efforts.