West Virginia American Water Awards More Than $15,000 in Environmental Grants to Projects Across the State

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (April 20, 2023) – West Virginia American Water today announced that seven organizations received funding through the company’s 2023 Environmental Grant Program. The program supports innovative and community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies across the state.

“The recipients of this year's grants exemplify the ongoing necessity to support community-based environmental initiatives and projects,” said Erica Pauken, source water protection program manager for West Virginia American Water. “Our community investment programming prioritizes funding projects focused on environmental justice, which will build the pathway to a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Since its inception in 2012, West Virginia American Water’s Environmental Grant Program has awarded 72 grants and invested over $173,000 in community-based environmental projects across the state. Again this year, the company’s community investment committee reviewed a host of applications for programs and initiatives. Seven organizations were chosen to receive $15,721 in funding for their water conservation, source water protection and watershed improvement efforts. Awardees include:

  • Capitol Conservation District ($2,325) for the Trash Your Kayak Cleanup Project that will clean up the trash and debris along over 88 miles of river, including Big Coal, Little Coal, West Fork and Guyandotte Rivers
  • Morris Creek Watershed Association ($2,500) for the Water Quality Preservation and Abatement of Pollutants Project that will teach water quality testing and water treatment to students at local schools within the Morris Creek watershed
  • New Roots Community Farm ($2,500) for the New Roots Farm Field Day that will convene agricultural service providers, resource conservation organizations and farmers and ranchers in the New River Gorge region to share agricultural best practices for water and soil conservation
  • Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing ($2,396) for the Paint Creek Clean Up and Trout Stocking Project that will improve water quality by removing trash, adding limestone gravel and stocking trout in the Upper Paint Creek Watershed
  • West Side Middle School ($2,500) for the West Side Middle School Fishing Club Program that explores fishing techniques, educates members about environmental conservation and focuses on the impact of human activities on the aquatic ecosystem
  • West Virginia Military Authority ($2,500) for the Reducing Stormwater Pollution through the Community Art and Education Project, which will educate children and adults about point source water pollution via stormwater drains and provide conservation practices that can be implemented at home to reduce water pollution
  • West Virginia State University ($1,000) for the STEAM-ulation! Summer Camp that will engage students from diverse backgrounds to teach the importance of taking care of water resources and encourage students to appreciate, protect and enhance West Virginia’s natural resources and the environment

“These funds will provide an opportunity for disabled veterans to clean up a community's stream while enjoying the camaraderie and peace of the outdoors," said Brian Bolyard, project leader for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. "We greatly appreciate West Virginia American Water's generous gift.”

“With this support from West Virginia American Water, we will be able to implement a year-round initiative, exploring different fishing techniques, conduct research on different types of fish and their habitats and learn about the impact of human activities on the aquatic ecosystem.” Said John McPhail, curriculum specialist at Westside Middle School. “We are grateful for their support and dedication to the youth in our community.”

About West Virginia American Water West Virginia 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 services to approximately 587,000 people. 

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West Virginia 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 services to approximately 560,000 people. For more information, visit and follow West Virginia American Water on Twitter and Facebook.