American Water Funds 2009 Environmental Grant Programs
Company Awards More Than $114,000 to 25 Community Improvement
VOORHEES, N.J., Jul 23, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), the largest
investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced
today recipients of the company's 2009 Environmental Grant Program
awards. A total of 25 projects will be supported by grants totaling more
Established in 2005, American Water's Environmental Grant Program offers
funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that
improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or
groundwater supplies in the communities it serves.
"American Water is committed to ensuring water quality through testing
and treatment, as well as through consumer education and community
protection programs," said Debra Vernon, Manager of Corporate
Responsibility. "We are all environmental stewards in protecting our
water supplies, and this program is one way we help communities play an
active role in this important effort."
The 2009 grant recipients, which are located throughout American Water's
service areas, include the following:
WiLDCOAST received $7,500 to help build environmental stewardship for
the Tijuana and Otay River watersheds. Pollution from the Tijuana
River is responsible for 80-90% of San Diego County's beach closures,
while the Otay River watershed has long been threatened by illegal
dumping practices. WiLDCOAST will work to improve the water quality of
both rivers and empower local residents as environmental stewards
through cleanup events, stewardship training, and pollution monitoring
and reduction activities.
The Explorit Science Center received $2,500 in grant money to
underwrite a new permanent Streambed Table exhibit in the Yocha-De-He
Community Fund Wet Lab. The Streambed Table exhibit will include
hands-on experiments with water flow, soil deposition, erosion and
slope changes, and will demonstrate how dams work. Visitors will be
able to design and build various ways for water to move through the
streambed and see the effects on the land. The exhibit will emphasize
the importance of being environmental stewards and the role of
waterways in the region and the world.
Below the Surface was awarded $3,000 for its "90 ways in 90 days to
clean and conserve water" program. Focusing on the Des Plains and
Mississippi watersheds, the project aims to increase awareness of
upstream action and downstream impact and by providing one tip per day
on a website, creating a watershed workbook for elementary, middle and
high school students; and creating a water monitoring network in the
Mississippi River online.
Pontiac Township High School received $5,000 to help fund its P2D2
Pontiac Prescription Drug Disposal Plan. The program will focus on
reducing the amount of pharmaceuticals in the water supply by
providing the public with an alternative way to dispose of their
Sun Foundation for Advancement in the Environmental Sciences and Arts
was awarded a grant of $3,000. This grant will fund the creation of
materials that outline the current Clean Water Celebration in Peoria,
Illinois so that other communities and states may create a similar
program, which is geared toward education on the importance of
Will County Land Use Department received $3,000 to help fund the
debris removal and stabilization of Fiddyment Creek. Partners for this
project include City of Lockport, Will County, Homer Township, IDOT
and Forest Preserve of Will County. The Des Plaines River Watershed is
also addressed by the project.
Sugar Creek Nature Park was awarded $7,500 to fund the development of
a nature park and spread awareness about the protection of source
water. Partners for the project include Crawfordsville Community
Schools, Wabash College and Friends of Sugar Creek. The city of
Crawfordsville has embarked on a three-year rejuvenation program for
Sugar Creek encompassing a total area of 63.6 acres.
Wabash River Enhancement Corporation received $7,000. The grant will
provide funding to monitor 800 streamroad crossings for temperature,
ph, nutrients, and copper. More than 150 community volunteers will be
mobilized to complete the monitoring.
River Action received a grant for $3,300 to fund the Duck Creek Buffer
Program. The program includes planting 30 feet of native grasses and
forbs along Duck Creek's main stern and tributaries to improve water
quality, provide habitat for wildlife, prevent erosion and sediment
delivery, and encourage best stormwater management practices.
The Friends of Wolf Run received a grant for $10,000 for a guided
exploration program of springs in the Wolf Run Watershed. The program
will educate participants on the hydrology, water chemistry and
environmental issues associated with the over 30 springs, seeps and
karst systems in the watershed.
The Raven Run Nature Education and Visitor Center Wet Laboratory was
awarded $8,850 toward the completion of the facility. The laboratory
will coordinate scientific investigations with outdoor educational
programs that will reach as many as 20,000 school children per year.
The new center will help ensure the long-term viability of the
Sanctuary as a focal point of conservation research and education, as
well as a nature retreat.
Cranbrook Institute of Science received a grant of $3,000. Through its
established outreach program, "Water on the Go," the institute will
provide in classroom watershed education and hands-on instruction for
middle school students throughout Houghton County Michigan.
Open Space Council of St. Louis County received $5,000 to be used to
fund efforts in landowner outreach and education which were
recommended in the Lower Meramec River Source Water Protection Project
Report. The efforts will focus on the Hamilton-Carr Creek, Fox Creek
and Brush Creek watersheds.
Soil and Water Conservation District of St. Louis County was awarded
$5,000 for its creation of a rain garden guide and ancillary materials
in support of the Show Me Rain Gardens initiative. The projected
outreach of the program is nearly one million people.
Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center received $6,300 to fund
programs centered on watershed protection education. The programs will
be created to meet state educational requirements and will be offered
to families, schools and students during a summer camp.
Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries was awarded $1,840 for its
project to improve the quality of West Spring Run tributary by
addressing the erosion issues resulting from receiving too much water
from surrounding areas. By increasing the vegetation buffer, the water
volume will be decreased and increased biodiversity will occur.
Cumberland County Recycling & Waste Authority received $4,000to
support the pharmaceutical collection and disposal event for
Cumberland County residents. The project offers an environmentally
friendly disposal alternative for unwanted and expired medications
commonly found in the home.
Everhart Museum, Lackawanna County was awarded $7,500. The grant will
initiate an educational program for children to provide an
environmental science experience with hands-on study at the museum and
nearby Nay Aug Park. The program, called SPARCS (Science, Park, Art &
Responsibility for Children at School), will develop educational units
aligned with the Pennsylvania State Standards of Education on stream
biodiversity, water well-being, horticulture and personal impact
through reducing, reusing and recycling
California University of Pennsylvania, Washington County was awarded
$4,000. The funding will support baseline research of the waters of
the Pike Run watershed from which to build future educational
programs, service projects and research. The project also includes
integrating the data analysis into coursework in the university's
College of Science and Technology, and fostering relationships with
community organizers with the goal of reforming a watershed protection
group under the previous Pike Run Watershed Association name.
Montgomery County Department of Parks & Heritage Services was awarded
$6,500 to help support "Mowing to Meadows" in Norristown Farm Park to
protect the Stony Creek watershed. By converting an abandoned
five-acre ball field that lies in the floodplain into a naturalized
meadow, the initiative will deliver significant stormwater management
benefits including improved watershed and biodiversity, and reduced
greenhouse gases from less-frequent mowing.
Abrahams Creek Watershed Association, Luzerne County received $5,000
to expand efforts to improve water quality, control runoff and prevent
creek degradation by restoring riparian buffers along several
tributaries within the Abrahams Creek watershed. The project also
includes educating local residents about stormwater management,
pollution control and issues related to improving the health of the
South Park Township, Allegheny County was awarded $1,125. The grant
will provide the tools to be used by volunteers performing the fall
2009 clean up along the Piney Fork and Peters Creeks, as well as help
fund the tire and trash disposal. Community partners include the
Tri-Community Anglers Association, Montour Trail Council, Peters Creek
Watershed Association and local scouting troops.
Berks County Solid Waste Authority received a grant for $3,000. The
agency is expanding its pharmaceutical collection and disposal
activities and education program to help keep over-the-counter and
prescription drugs from finding their way into the region's water
Borough of Pen Argyl, Northampton County was awarded $737 to assist
with volunteer efforts to apply markers to approximately 280
stormwater basins. The project's objectives are to alert the public
that urban stormwater and runoff pollution are serious threats to the
health of creeks and rivers that supply drinking water, and to
encourage residents to properly dispose of pollutants.
Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County received $1,000.The
funding will assist volunteer efforts to apply markers to
approximately 600 storm drains to help discourage residents from
dumping illicit materials into storm sewers. The township's
Environmental Advisory Council is partnering with Yardley Borough and
local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to conduct the storm drain marking in
the Brock Creek, Buck Creek and Delaware River watersheds.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water
and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the
company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide
drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately
15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can
be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
SOURCE: American Water Works Company, Inc.
American Water Works Company, Inc.
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