American Water Funds 2010 Environmental Grant Programs
Company Awards More than $128,000 to 32 Community Improvement
VOORHEES, N.J., Apr 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), the largest
investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced
today the recipients of the company's 2010 Environmental Grant Program
awards. A total of 32 projects throughout American Water's service areas
in eight states will be supported by grants totaling more than $128,000.
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
source 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."
California American Water is issuing two grants totaling $10,000 to the
MEarth Habitat is being awarded $7,000 to establish a Water
Conservation Demonstration Center as part of the educational offerings
of its new Green Classroom, which is slated to open in Fall 2010. The
funds will be used to install a small greywater garden and rainwater
harvesting system for two structures, develop interpretive signage,
and host a series of workshops to teach the community how to develop
these projects in homes and businesses.
Mount Olive Alternative High School is receiving $3,000 for its
Mount Olive Outdoor School Experience (MOOSE) program. The grant will
be used to establish raised bed gardens at eight schools in Duarte,
California to demonstrate drought-tolerant planting, effective
irrigation, vermiculture, composting and vertical gardening as part of
the science curriculum.
Illinois American Water is issuing four grants totaling $18,100 to the
Living Lands and Waters is being awarded $5,000 for The Great
Mississippi River Cleanup. This project will address the preservation
and protection of floodplains, wetlands and other areas of the Upper
Mississippi River watershed. This includes issues such as pollution,
solid waste and recycling, illegal dumping, hazardous waste, damage to
the health of wildlife and their habitat, recreational hazards,
sustainability and stewardship. This project will impact the 18
million people who rely on the Mississippi River for their drinking
water, as well as others who use it for recreation and other purposes.
Tazewell County Health Department is receiving $1,800 for its
Green Matters Streets Clean Up. This project proposes to contribute to
the conservation of the recharge zone for Pekin's public water supply
by reducing the amount of polluted runoff that contributes to the
combination sewer water treated at Pekin's wastewater treatment plant.
Prairie Rivers Network is receiving $6,000 for its Reining in
the Rain in Champaign Campaign. This project will construct rain
gardens in the John and Washington Street watersheds, which are prone
to flooding. The rain gardens will reduce the amount of stormwater
that the storm sewers must handle, while having the simultaneous
benefit of recharging groundwater. This project will also provide free
rain barrels to residents for trapping rainwater for use in their
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is being awarded
$5,300 for its Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program. Created in
response to a zebra mussels infestation in the Deep Quarry Lake in the
West Branch Forest Reserve, the AIS program is focused on an
aggressive public awareness and educational campaign regarding the
threats these species pose. The program creates a volunteer initiative
called "Protect Your Waters" to help collect district data on zebra
mussels through a monitoring program, and to increase awareness and
provide information directly to aquatic users.
Indiana American Water is issuing two grants totaling $9,500 to the
The City of Noblesville is being awarded $6,000 for its Storm
Water Video production project. This five-minute video will be used as
part of an outreach strategy to educate the public about water
conservation and non-point source pollution, in particular, pollution
transported by storm water runoff that ends up in local streams and
Kosciusko Lakes and Streams is receiving $3,500 to expand and
enhance the annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival held in Warsaw. The
festival attracts hundreds of families from the region, engaging them
in hands-on activities, and providing educational entertainment and
demonstrations by more than 30 water-related exhibitors and partner
organizations. The purpose of the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival is
to encourage the community to protect one of its most valuable
resources by mobilizing citizens to positively impact water quality.
Warsaw is the county seat for Kosciusko County, which features more
than 100 lakes.
Iowa American Water is issuing three grants totaling $6,200 to the
Keep Scott County Beautiful is receiving $1,000 for its Xstream
Cleanup 2010. This project represents Living Lands and Waters local
annual clean up of the Mississippi River. The effort aims to clean
over 30 streams and near-stream sites in the area.
Waste Commission of Scott County is being awarded $2,000 for
its Operation Medicine Cabinet (OMC) project. OMC is a 3-day event to
collect pharmaceuticals free of charge from Scott County residents and
educate the public that flushing medications poses a risk to our
Partners of Scott County Watersheds is receiving $3,200 for its
Infiltrate Iowa Project. This project will promote infiltration
practices that improve water quality, reduce flooding and provide
habitat for wildlife such as birds, butterflies and insects.
Kentucky American Water is issuing two grants totaling $19,935 to the
Hamburg Homeowners Association is receiving $9,935 for the
Liberty Spring and Stream project. This project will create a rain
garden/wetland area and support a tree planting to improve water
quality of a natural spring and Bryan Station Creek, a "blue stream,"
while improving Liberty Park in Lexington. The new rain
garden/wetland area will improve water quality by filtering the storm
water runoff, and the addition of trees will reduce erosion and
silting of the spring and stream. It is likely that the project will
encourage wildlife to return to this location and utilize the natural
Friends of Raven Run is being awarded $10,000 to develop
Watershed Workshops at Raven Run, located in Raven Run Nature
Sanctuary. The workshops will revolve around a topographical map and
various EnviroScapes (3-D maps), to be purchased with grant funds.
This project will help educate Central Kentucky children about
watersheds and their potential threats, such as non-point source
Missouri American Water is issuing four grants totaling $12,800 to the
East-West Gateway Council of Government is being awarded $5,000
to develop a nine-element watershed plan based on the assessments and
recommendations of the Lower Meramec Source Water Protection Strategy
Exchange Report. This includes strategies for local governments to
promote an important source of drinking water for St. Louis County;
improve habitat and recreational areas in streams and restore degraded
tributaries; and protect healthy, sensitive streams that are a risk of
being degraded by development and other human actions. The project
promotes a regional "community of practice" where government
officials, developers and residents collectively learn best practices
to utilize to address the unique conditions that exist in the area.
Missouri River Relief is receiving $3,700 for the Missouri
River Clean-up and Confluence Watershed Festival. The project includes
more than 200 volunteers who will engage in removal of 10 tons of
trash from the Missouri River in the St. Charles area, as well as more
than 30 presenters who will educate an estimated 400 students about
river and water issues including water quality, watershed education
and the history of the Missouri River.
Trailnet is being awarded $1,500 for its Watkins Creek
Watershed Program, a public/private multi-agency effort to protect and
conserve watershed resources in an urban area. This program will
expand opportunities for 50-100 community volunteers to participate in
hands-on urban stream clean-ups, invasive species removal and stream
bank stabilization, and convene six to ten shareholders to develop a
long-range action plan for finding sustainable solutions to the
challenges facing Watkins Creek.
The Environmental Task Force of Jasper and Newton Counties is
receiving $2,600 for a Shoal Creek Water Quality Testing project.
Fourteen sampling points on Shoal Creek will be monitored with samples
collected every two weeks. Data from the results will be used to
identify areas of concern for possible best management practices and
the development of a draft of a nine-element watershed management
plan. The task force also looks to conduct public education about the
New Jersey American Water is issuing five grants totaling $16,790 to the
Chatham Township Environmental Commission is being awarded
$5,000 to conduct an education and outreach project in five
municipalities focused on water protection, water conservation and
stormwater management. The program will include rain barrel and
reusable water bottle sales, as well as demonstration, workshops and
rain garden events to give residents and schools "hands on"
Cherry Hill Township is being awarded $1,990 to install rain
barrels and a rain garden to divert unfiltered rainwater from a feeder
stream of Cooper River. The project aims to demonstrate and promote
rain barrel and garden installation. The project includes seven rain
barrels at the Township's Croft Farm Art Center building.
South Orange Maplewood School District is receiving $6,000 for
a wildlife habitat project at Jefferson Elementary School. The project
will engage students in grades 3 through 5 to restore the habitat of
nearby Crooked Creek, which is in the school's "backyard." The area
will become a state designated "New Jersey Wild School" habitat and
used as a hands-on lab for learning about water conservation and
Cape May County Board of Agriculture is receiving $1,300 for a
stormwater runoff project. Working with the Rutgers University
Cooperative Extension, the project will use rain barrels to promote
simple best management practices for homeowners to reduce stormwater
runoff and conserve water by 44,000 gallons in a six-month period.
Following workshops on water conservation and rain barrels, about 40
area homeowners will build and install rain barrels.
Holmdel Township Environmental Commission is being awarded
$2,500 for an educational outreach program. In cooperation with
Rutgers University, the Township's Environmental Commission will
conduct an educational outreach program to promote stormwater
reduction in the watershed with the specific objective of reducing
flow volumes and the resulting stream bank erosion.
Ohio American Water is issuing one grant to the following organization:
Ashtabula Township Park Commission is receiving $1,500 for
environmental education at the Ashtabula State Scenic River. The
project will include displays with pictures and information about
aquatic and terrestrial organisms that live in the watershed, the
scenic river program, volunteer monitoring and clean-up opportunities
as well as ways to protect water quality and an overview of why this
is important to the citizens in the watershed.
Pennsylvania American Water is issuing nine grants totaling
approximately $34,000 to the following organizations for community-based
projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.
Friends of McConnells Mill State Park is receiving a grant to
help protect the Slippery Rock Creek Watershed from erosion and
sedimentation by reforesting two critical areas. The project will rely
on local volunteers to plant trees, shrubs and warm season grasses to
enhance the sites, which have been cleared due to disease and safety
issues with the established trees.
Pennsylvania Environmental Council is being awarded a grant to
undertake an invasive species removal, riparian buffer planting and
educational program involving Pennsylvania American Water's property
along Huntsville Creek. The project will improve the creek's water
quality and educate volunteers about healthy riparian buffers. In
addition to removing invasive Japanese Knotweed that contributes to
stream bank erosion, the organization will replant the area with
native species, trees and shrubs.
Yellow Breeches Watershed Association is receiving a grant to
purchase water-testing equipment for monitoring the health of Yellow
Breeches Creek. With the new equipment, the YBWA monitoring teams,
including retired science teachers and professionals from the Capital
Area Pennsylvania Senior Environmental Corps, will have the technical
capability to compile more accurate data and develop a comprehensive
look at trends affecting the creek's health.
Audubon, Pennsylvania is being awarded a grant to develop and
implement an educational program called "Wild About Our Watershed" for
students in the Norristown School District. The hands-on program will
increase the students' knowledge of watersheds and local waterways,
including field trips to Perkiomen Creek to monitor and evaluate the
creek and help restore it through clean-up events and habitat
plantings. The organization will offer the program to schools across
Montgomery County, with a special emphasis on the underserved and
diverse population of Norristown.
Keystone College is being awarded a grant to support the
college's Watershed Explorers Course for K-6 teachers. The hands-on,
science-based course examines various aspects of watershed concepts
and provides teachers with the training and tools necessary to inspire
their students to be good stewards of the environment. Course topics
include human impacts on the watershed, applied stream ecology and
water quality monitoring.
South Park Township is receiving a grant to enable township
officials to expand the clean-up of creek beds and banks along Piney
Fork and Peters Creeks, as part of its stream clean-up program. The
grant will provide the tools to be used by volunteers for clean-up
activities, as well as help fund tire and trash disposal.
Lackawanna River Corridor Association is receiving a grant to
help the association, its partners and volunteers clean up illegal
dumpsites along the Lackawanna River, including a 4.3-acre former
railroad parcel in Scranton and a three-acre abandoned mine site in
Dickson City. After removing debris and recycling tires and scrap
metal, the organization will seed and mulch the sites.
Yardley Borough Environmental Advisory Council is being awarded
a grant to assist the borough in establishing a rain garden at the
Orchard Hill basin. The project will reduce the impact of the
residential development's stormwater run-off on the local watershed.
The rain garden is a landscaped area that contains native plants and
vegetation, replacing lawn areas. It fills with water during
rainstorms and allows the water to gradually filter into the ground
instead of running off into storm drains.
Lemoyne Borough is being awarded a grant to support volunteers
in applying markers and stencils on approximately 300 stormwater
inlets. The project will help raise public awareness about how
pollutants reach the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay, while
helping prevent unwanted dumping of contaminants in the municipal
storm sewer system. The borough will partner on the project with the
Boy Scouts, including a local Eagle Scout candidate.
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
16 million people in 35 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can
be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
SOURCE: American Water Works Company, Inc.
Denise Venuti Free, 856-309-4690
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