Environmental Protection

American Water Offers $114,000 for 25 Projects

American Water, based in Vorhees, N.J., has given more than $114,000 in grants to 25 projects through its 2009 Environmental Grant Program awards, according to a July 23 press release.

Established in 2005, the program provides funds to 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 include:

  • Pontiac Township High School in Illinois, $5,000 to help fund its P2D2 Pontiac Prescription Drug Disposal Plan.
  • Sugar Creek Nature Park in Indiana, $7,500 to fund the development of a nature park and spread awareness about the protection of source water.
  • Wabash River Enhancement Corporation of Indiana, received $7,000 to monitor 800 streamroad crossings for temperature, ph, nutrients, and copper.
  • The Friends of Wolf Run of Kentucky, $10,000 for a guided exploration program of springs in the Wolf Run Watershed.
  • The Raven Run Nature Education and Visitor Center Wet Laboratory in Kentucky, $8,850 toward the completion of the facility.
  • Open Space Council of St. Louis County, Mo., $5,000 to be used to fund efforts in landowner outreach and education recommended in the Lower Meramec River Source Water Protection Project Report.
  • Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Missouri, $6,300 to fund programs centered on watershed protection education.
  • Everhart Museum, Lackawanna County, Pa., $7,500 to initiate an educational program for children to provide an environmental science experience with hands-on study at the museum and nearby Nay Aug Park.
  • Montgomery County, Pa., Department of Parks & Heritage Services, $6,500 to help support “Mowing to Meadows” in Norristown Farm Park to protect the Stony Creek watershed.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

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