Approximately $30,000 to support watershed projects across the commonwealth
HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pennsylvania American Water announced today that eight watershed-related
projects across the commonwealth will receive financial support through
the company’s 2017 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will
receive a share of grant funds totaling nearly $30,000 for their
community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.
A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from nearly 40
applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental
need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.
Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2017 Environmental Grants to
Allegheny Land Trust (Allegheny County); California University of
Pennsylvania (Washington County); Delaware River Basin Commission (Bucks
and Northampton counties); Misericordia University (Luzerne County);
River Alert Information Network (Washington County); South Fayette
Conservation Group (Allegheny County); Upper Allen Township (Cumberland
County); and West Norriton Township (Montgomery County).
“Each year, we receive an impressive list of applicants who are working
to protect watersheds and sustain our environment,” said President
Jeffrey McIntyre of Pennsylvania American Water. “Partnerships are the
key to achieving goals, and we’re proud to partner with these
organizations and their many volunteers to help achieve their goals of
protecting our natural resources now and in the future.”
The 2017 Environmental Grant recipients are:
Allegheny Land Trust
The grant will be used 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
Funding will 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
The funds will be used 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.
Partnering with Lehman Sanctuary,
the university will 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
With the funding, the
organization will 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
The organization will
purchase a groundwater and rainmaker model to be used as a hands-on
educational tool to help students better understand point source and
Upper Allen Township
The 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
Funding will 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.
Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, which
initiated the Environmental Grant Program in 2005 in Pennsylvania to
support projects that protect or restore drinking water sources and
surrounding watersheds. Since then, American Water has expanded the
annual program to many of its state subsidiaries across the nation.
Pennsylvania 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 2.3 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 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated
and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services
to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More
information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com