GREENWOOD, Ind., (May 11, 2018) – Indiana American Water announced today that it is awarding $12,650 to four organizations across the state as part of its 2018 Environmental Grant Program. Winners include the City of Terre Haute, Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality, Floyd County Farm Bureau, and the Shelbyville High School Earth Club.
Established in 2005, the company’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.
“Although we received a dozen entries this year as a part of this program, we have selected four projects we felt best met the criteria and will have the greatest impact on local water sources in the areas we serve,” said Deborah Dewey, president of Indiana American Water.
“Water resources play a significant role in the success of every community we serve,” Dewey continued. “These grants support organizations and individuals across the state that are making a difference through their efforts to ensure clean water will continue to be available now and for future generations.”
All grant recipients will submit a report at the end of the year to American Water regarding how their grant was used to achieve specific environmental goals.
Environmental Grant Program Winners – 2018
City of Terre Haute—Awarded $5,000
Stormwater Community Watch Program—The City of Terre Haute is partnering with Team Storm, a local group of children involved with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League, a not-for-profit public charity designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Team Storm met with local professionals, engineers, and regulators to research and develop the project, which will involve marking curb inlets with QR codes, making it easier to report illicit discharges and illegal dumping. The project will help enhance the City’s response time and reduce or prevent pollutants from entering local waterways in the Wabash River, Thompson Ditch and Lost Creek watersheds.
Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality—Awarded $4,000
Expansion of the Wonders on the Wabash Resource Program—The Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality will use proceeds from this grant to purchase an enclosed mobile trailer for equipment used as a part of numerous hands-on field learning experiences and activities on the Wabash River. The TCPWQ programs educate both youth and adults on the impact they have on waters and watersheds as a part of their efforts to conserve and protect the area’s most valuable water resource.
Floyd County Farm Bureau—Awarded $3,200
My Little Farm Water Station Project—Floyd County Farm Bureau will use grant funds to develop a water station as part of the My Little Farm interactive exhibit at the Floyd County 4-H Fair during the first week of June each year. The exhibit uses hands-on experiences to teach the public about a variety of farm issues. The water station will educate the public on how to keep our streams and waterways clean, avoid pollution in storm water runoff, and how to safely recycle materials and substances that might otherwise end up in storm runoff. Several thousand attendees are expected to take advantage of the exhibit during 2018.
Shelbyville High School Earth Club – Awarded $450
Tree Planting & Maintenance Project—The Shelbyville High School Earth Club under the direction of teacher Chris Lux is using its funds to engage more than six dozen high school students in a project that provides native trees to local residents. The project will also allow students to prune, mulch and plant trees in the organization’s nursery and maintain those planted throughout the watershed from previous years. In the past, trees were often planted just to beautify cities and towns, however, more recent research has shown that trees also have a significant positive impact on the environment, including storm water runoff, air quality and energy conservation.
About Indiana American Water
Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.