New York American Water Awards Environmental Grant to Battenkill Conservancy

$5,000 Grant to Help Fund Adopt-a-Stream Program

MERRICK, N.Y. (August 1, 2018) – New York American Water recently awarded the Battenkill Conservancy of Cambridge, New York, a $5,000 grant as part of the company’s annual Environmental Grant Program. Each year, New York American Water’s Environmental Grant Program offers funding of up to $5,000 for qualifying innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies within the company’s service area. This year’s grant award will assist the Battenkill Conservancy—a primarily all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and building awareness for the protection of water resources—in funding its Adopt-A-Stream Program.

“Ensuring high-quality water begins well in advance of the water reaching our treatment facilities and undergoing rigorous testing,” said Michael Nofi, Manager of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance. “Preserving water quality begins at the original water source and requires the entire community to participate. Through the Environmental Grant Program, we hope to improve awareness and create additional environment stewards in the communities we serve as they play the most important role in the protection and preservation of their community’s water source.”

The Battenkill Conservancy’s Adopt-A-Stream program gathers teams of environmentally conscious community members to donate their time to actively preserve and enhance the Battenkill watershed, which covers a population of over 40,000 people. The long-term testing initiative seeks to collect comprehensive water quality data from dozens of feeder streams, and distribute it to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in an effort to learn more about the area’s water system. The Adopt-A-Stream Program encourages members of the community to better care for their local environment and feel a closer sense of ownership and responsibility to it.

“American Water's Environmental Grant Program allows us to expand our long running River Watch Water Quality Program with the more community focused, volunteer lead effort that the Adopt-A- Stream program entails,” said Lorraine Merghart Ballard, Executive Director of the Battenkill Conservancy. “Drilling down to focus on the smaller feeder streams engages the community in a more active role in the quality of their water.  We are really pleased to have been chosen to receive this grant from New York American Water and thank them for their commitment to work with and support their customer base at the local level.”

New York American Water’s grant will provide funding for a variety of activities for the Adopt-A-Stream program including identifying and traveling to the streams, recruiting a stream biologist, visiting  two macroinvertebrate labs, designing and printing stream recording booklets, and preparing and uploading data for the project.

For more information about New York American Water’s environmental grant, please visit, www.newyorkamwater.com and click on News & Community. To learn more about the Battenkill Conservancy and its Adopt-A-Stream program, please visit, www.battenkillconservancy.org.  

New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 350,000 people. For more information, visit www.newyorkamwater.com or the company’s Facebook page. 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.

Battenkill Conservancy (or BkC) is primarily an all-volunteer, not for profit land trust whose mission of clean water and open space works to preserve and enhance the Battenkill watershed through land conservation, education and advocacy and the River Watch water quality program. For more than 20 years, BkC has been instrumental in protecting key forests, riverfront and wetland habitat within the 450 square miles of the watershed.  The Battenkill Corridor Connections Program has identified 18 public access sites within the New York section of the watershed and is working to highlight and improve access to these historical, recreational, cultural and environmentally important assets. Our River Watch water quality program entails For more information on our programs, please visit www.battenkillconservancy.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.