Correction and Apology

The Saturday June 29, 2013 Charleston Gazette carried this correction:
A commentary by Julian Martin in the June 27 Gazette incorrectly described Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). The program was developed in 1984 by water scientist Dennis Nelson, who is now president and CEO of the non-profit organization based in Bozeman, Mt., said Nicole Ritter, communications manager for Project WET.(see the previous post Project Wet)
I apologize for my mistake of identifying Nestle as the creator of Project Wet. I misunderstood my source to say that Nestle created Project Wet. From all the information I can collect it appears that Nestle is the largest financial contributor to Project Wet, but did not create it.
My statement that Project Wet was apparently developed by the Nestle Company is evidently not true. I apologize for that mistake. This sentence in my op-ed is inaccurate:”I hope the children and teachers were alerted to the reputation of Nestle, the creator of Project Wet.” Nestle did not create Project Wet. I should have said, “I hope the children and teachers were alerted to the reputation of Nestle, the world’s top financial supporter of Project Wet.”
Water scientist Dennis Nelson, the creator of Project Wet, posted this on the Project Wet website, “Nestle Waters North America’s support has been cornerstone to Project WET’s success.”
Once again I apologize for my mistake.

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (, and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation ( I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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