American Water Announces 2017 Environmental Grant Award Recipients
Company Awards Nearly $168,000 to 44 Community Improvement Projects
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company, announced today the recipients of the
company's 2017 Environmental Grant Program awards. Forty-four projects
throughout American Water's service areas in nine states will be
supported by grants totaling nearly $168,000.
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.
"Each of these 44 organizations has made a commitment to make a
difference within the communities we serve and we are proud to support
these projects and the people behind them," said Susan Story, president
and CEO of American Water. "After 12 years, our environmental grant
program has provided more than $1.4 million of needed support for 413
projects to help improve, restore and protect our valuable natural
resources through partnerships. We are very proud to work alongside
these community partners and organizations to help safeguard our water
The 2017 grant recipients, which are located throughout American Water's
service areas, include the following:
Water issued seven grants totaling $20,300 to the following
Foundation for Ohio River Education received a $2,500 grant to
fund the Ohio River Sweep, which will supply gloves and trash bags to
volunteers cleaning up the river.
Gifts In The Moment Foundation received a $7,250 grant for the
Urban Agriculture Rain Water Collection and Transportation System
project, which will use collected rain to water community garden and
agriculture sites via a portable water trailer.
Heartlands Conservancy will use its $2,800 grant for the Signal
Hills outdoor classroom project to create an outdoor classroom for
students to learn about water quality and native habitat.
Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group will utilize their
$4,200 grant for the Hickory Creek Environmental Interpretive Signs
and Story Mapping project. The project focuses on raising awareness
about best management practices within the Hickory Creek watershed.
Three rain gardens will also be installed.
Pekin Park District received a $2,000 grant for the continued
Lick Creek Watershed Invasive Species Control and Restoration project
to eliminate invasive species along the Lick Creek corridor.
Peoria Park District was awarded a $550 grant to support the
annual Illinois River Sweep, which will supply two dumpsters and
complete tire recycling.
Peoria Playhouse Children's Museum received a $1,000 grant for
the Wonders of Water project, which will support five scholarships to
the water camp. Illinois American Water's team will offer lessons at
Indiana American Water
issued three grants totaling $11,000 to the following organizations:
Chances & Services for Youth was awarded $2,500 to install
a splash pad at Booker T. Washington Park in Terre Haute, Ind. that
includes a gray water component and several other conservation
features. The project includes a 1,200-gallon holding tank for
collection of the gray water, which will be used to irrigate a
community garden located next to the splash pad.
City of Kokomo received $5,000 for the Washington Street Stream
Bank Modification Project. The City of Kokomo is partnering with
several local organizations to remove concrete debris, fill material
and several storage buildings along the Wildcat Creek at Washington
Street near the site of a senior living facility that is under
construction. Funds from this grant will be used to help control
erosion and revegetate the stream bank with native plants.
City of Gary was awarded $3,500 for the Tree Planting &
Maintenance/Education Project. The City of Gary, Ind. Department of
Environmental Affairs will be coordinating with several organizations
to plant approximately 100 trees within the Little Calumet River
watershed. The project also includes retrofitting a trailer to water
the trees, and conducting a public education and outreach program on
the environmental and quality of life benefits that trees provide and
how to properly plant and maintain them,
Iowa American Water issued
five grants totaling nearly $8,500 to the following organizations:
City of Davenport Parks & Recreation Department was awarded
$2,500 for its Water Quality Improvement Project in VanderVeer
Botanical Park's Lagoon. The project will decrease the level of
nitrates, nitrites and phosphates with the installation of
BioHaven floating islands.
Scott Community College Environmental Club will use its $2,000
for its Crow Creek Watershed Protection and Biodiversity Project. The
project will restore six acres of tallgrass prairie in the Crow Creek
drainage basin, erosion and runoff to the creek will be reduced
resulting in better water quality, and biodiversity will be increased
on the site as native species of grasses and forbs will be restored.
Nahant Marsh Education Center was awarded $1,875 for its Sedge
Meadow Restoration and Enhancement project, Phase II. Nahant Marsh
staff and volunteers will expand prairie and sedge meadow restoration
efforts to include an additional eight acres for a total of 15.5 acres.
River Action, Inc. will utilize a $1,200 grant for its Retain
the Rain Interactive Display project, which will update an interactive
Retain the Rain kiosk to include bioreactors and floating wetland
islands, increase kiosk visibility and user ship. Kiosk will
be upgraded from 250-pound unit to a light 55-pound unit with a
Prince of Peace Catholic School A.P. Environment Class was
awarded $850 for its Watershed Restoration Project. Students have
begun a labor-intensive restoration of a small marsh, invaded by
Phragmites reeds. Over the next decade, the class will continue
removing this invasive plant and publicize progress in restoring the
watershed and encouraging other landowners' restoration efforts.
Water issued four grants totaling $13,700 for the following projects:
Water Quality Improvements through Waste Tire Collection and
Removal coordinated by the city of Winchester in partnership with
the Clark County Solid Waste Department, the Clark County Jail and the
citizens of Winchester, will utilize its grant to educate citizens
about the potential threat to water quality and human health
that stockpiling old tires creates, and assist in the removal of the
equivalent of 1,000 passenger waste tires over a two-month period.
Riparian Vegetation Showcase on Wolf Run: Community Garden, coordinated
by the Friends of Parks of Fayette County in partnership with the
Friends of Wolf Run, Fayette County Public Schools, Bluegrass Woodland
Restoration Center and Good Foods Co-Op, will use its grant to extend
a vegetative buffer along a branch of Wolf Run Creek on formerly
residential property acquired by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County
Government. The riparian greenway established will include a community
garden that will serve as a teaching garden, as well, for nearby high
school students and others. The project also involves projects to
remove invasive species, weeds and trash.
Data Driven Clean Water, coordinated by the Licking River
Watershed Watch in partnership with Strodes Creek Conservancy, the
City of Millersburg, Bourbon County Planning Office, Millersburg
Garden Club, Green Thumb Club, J. Sweitzer Canoe and 3M Company, will
use its grant to engage volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring
of creeks and streams in multiple counties in the Licking River
watershed as well as complete a rain garden project and creek and
stream cleanups in the area, engaging multiple organizations and
Innovative Conservation Easement Tracking and Reporting Project, coordinated
by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with landowners along the
Kentucky River, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and more,
will use its funds to purchase equipment to assist in the tracking and
reporting of conservation easements while providing additional support
for the Fire Management Program in the same areas.
Water issued three grants totaling $29,500 to the following
St. Louis ArtWorks will use its $15,000 grant to support one of
ArtWorks' Summer Apprentice Programs called BloomWorks. In a
partnership with Great Rivers Greenway and Big Muddy National Fish and
Wildlife Refuge, St. Louis ArtWorks will be providing job training
through a three-dimensional design program where teen apprentices will
create a wayfinding sculpture depicting the Missouri River Watershed
that will be installed near Boone's Crossing at the Katy Trail.
Missouri River Relief received a $10,000 grant for a river
cleanup project on the Missouri River.
Wildcat Glades will use its $4,500 for the 8th Annual Shoal
Creek Water Festival, an event that promotes watershed protection for
the main source of drinking water in Joplin, Mo. Activities range from
cardboard boat races to a fishing derby.
New Jersey American
Water issued four grants totaling $29,000 to the following organizations:
Bridgewater Township Environmental Commission was awarded
$6,500 to install a demonstrative native plant garden with
bee-friendly habitat and bee-friendly water bath at the Bridgewater
Library. This project will provide continuous education to the
citizens of the Bridgewater Community as well as the residents of
Manasquan Board Riders Club will utilize its $2,500 grant to
establish a year-round project aimed at enhancing environmental
awareness and stewardship on keeping beaches, parks, coastal waterways
and estuaries litter free, titled "Leave Only Your Footprints."
South Orange Township will use its $10,000 grant to build a
Rain Park based on the premise of a rain garden that will capture
storm water runoff that normally flows directly into the East Branch
of the Rahway River. Rain parks use native plants, infiltration, and
innovative design to reduce large amounts of rainwater, create play
spaces for kids, relaxing destinations for friends, and examples of
Stockton University American Association of University Women (AAUW)
was awarded $10,000 to enhance a summer camp course, "Our Water"
located at New Jersey's only TechTrek Camp. This program will immerse
these students in weeklong hands-on environmental science curriculum,
featuring take-home watershed protection projects that each student
can bring back to her home watershed management area.
American Water issued eight grants totaling nearly $30,000 to the
Allegheny Land Trust was awarded a grant for dumpsite
cleanups at Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area, a protected green
space with several tributaries to the Youghiogheny River. The cleanups
will allow further habitat restoration and stream water monitoring.
California University of Pennsylvania will use its funding to
support a fish and macroinvertebrate survey of the Youghiogheny
River that will enhance water quality management, along with existing
survey information. The information will also be used for continued
monitoring by local school groups within the watershed.
Delaware River Basin Commission will use its grant to purchase
markers and equipment that the Boy Scouts will apply on storm drains
in the Yardley and Nazareth areas, alerting residents about their
impact on the Delaware River Watershed.
Misericordia University, in partnership with Lehman Sanctuary,
will use its funds to install and utilize advanced telemetry equipment
to monitor water quality on the sanctuary's property. The project will
advance understanding of the biodiversity and allow remote monitoring
of environmental conditions for school groups at the location
River Alert Information Network will use its grant monies to
coordinate watershed groups along with the Allegheny Watershed
Alliance to identify local source water protection issues.
Additionally, informational literature will be developed to educate
community groups on source water protection.
South Fayette Conservation Group will purchase a groundwater
and rainmaker model to be used as a hands-on educational tool to help
students better understand point source and non-point pollution.
Upper Allen Township's grant will support a riparian buffer
project in Simpson Park along the Yellow Breeches Creek. Volunteers
will plant new trees and shrubs to help stabilize the streambank as
part of an ongoing riparian project.
West Norriton Township will use its funding to support the
Schuylkill River Invasive Weeds project, aimed at removing invasive
plant species from the Norristown Basin, improving water quality along
the river and habitats for wildlife.
Water issued three grants totaling $10,000 to the following
Hamilton County Coalition was awarded $4,500 to expand its
community drug take-back project. Expansion will increase awareness
and reduce the pharmaceuticals in water supply and keep potentially
dangerous medications off the streets to prevent overdose and abuse.
Lookout Mountain Conservancy will use its $3,000 grant for a watershed
improvement through partnership with the Howard School leadership &
Intern Program and a ninth Grade Environmental Science class on the
Lookout Mountain Conservancy property as an outdoor classroom.
TennesSEA (Student Environmental Alliance) will use its $2500
grant monies to initiate a community-based watershed alliance in
which local residents, business owners, and school children work
together to protect and restore the Mountain Creek and Stringer's
Branch watersheds. Participants will beta test a new "Water Watch
Mobile App" to get Stream Teams out into the creeks to check water
quality, reporting the data and findings back through the app.
American Water will issue seven grants totaling $15,360 to the following
Capitol Conservation District will use its $2,500 grant for
their Soil Tunnel Trailer.
Boone County Career & Technical Center was awarded $3,100
to purchase Riparian buffers and educational packets as part of a
watershed clean-up project.
Ernie Nester Chapter Trout Unlimited was awarded $500
for temperature monitoring for Trout in the Classroom.
Marshall University will use its $2,000 for the Creek
Geek watershed education program.
Ona Elementary School will receive $1,760 for creation
of a classroom living stream.
West Virginia University Extension Service will use its $5,000
grant monies for a mobile livestock facility.
Southern Appalachian Labor School was awarded $500 for
the purchase of collection containers during the drug take-back
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
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professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
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