Pennsylvania American Water Awards Environmental Grants to Eight Watershed
HERSHEY, Pa. -- April 24, 2013
Pennsylvania American Water announced today that eight watershed initiatives
across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2013
Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant
funds totaling nearly $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve,
restore or protect watersheds.
A panel of judges selected the winners from more than 30 grant applications,
which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation,
community engagement and sustainability.
Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2013 Environmental Grants to Eastern
Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (Luzerne County),
Evergreen Conservancy (Indiana County), Friends of Cherry Valley (Monroe
County), Pennsylvania Resources Council (Allegheny County), Londonderry
Township (Dauphin County), Borough of Kittanning (Armstrong County), Dunmore
Historical Society (Lackawanna County) and Manada Conservancy (Dauphin
“Each one of these organizations is making a difference in its community, and
we are very proud to partner with them on these important watershed
improvement projects,” said Kathy L. Pape, president, Pennsylvania American
Water. “Now in its ninth year, our Environmental Grant Program has provided
needed support for community-based projects that positively impact the
environment and our water sources.”
The following describes the winning Environmental Grant projects:
*Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Luzerne
With the funding, EPCAMR will address watershed and habitatdegradation of
Solomon’s Creek. The restoration project will remove large woody blockages
from previous flood events, plus trash and debris that compromise the
health and ecosystem along the Creek and its tributaries. The group will
also implement tree plantings and trout stream restoration within
theriparian corridor of the watershed.
*Evergreen Conservancy, Indiana County
The organization will use the funding to purchase and install a solar
panel that will power a water quality monitor in the Tanoma Wetlands. An
educational program involving renewable energy and water quality will also
be part of the program.
*Friends of Cherry Valley, Monroe County
The organization plans to enhance and restore wetland area in a bog turtle
habitat recently acquired as part of the Cherry Valley National Wildlife
Refuge. Volunteers will remove invasive plant species from a 20-acre area
and monitor bog turtle nesting.
*Pennsylvania Resources Council, Allegheny County
With the funding, PRC will host household chemical collection events in
western Pennsylvania and educate the public about alternative cleaning
products and waste disposal.
*Londonderry Township, Dauphin County
The grant will support restoration of the riparian buffer along sections
of Swatara Creek in an area flooded by 2011’s Tropical Storm Lee.
Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs to vegetate the restored
*Borough of Kittanning, Armstrong County
The grant will support the installation of a rain garden along the
Armstrong Trail that will address drainage issues. The project will
utilize best management practices to reduce runoff volume and enhance
aesthetics along the trail.
*Dunmore Historical Society, Lackawanna County
Funding will allow the group to improve wetland areas around the Dunmore
#1 Walking Trail by stabilizing the wetlands with vegetation, improving
drainage in those areas, and reducing the amount of standing water.
*Manada Conservancy, Dauphin County
The conservancy plans to restore wetland areas in Boathouse Park along
Swatara Creek. Native shrubs and plants will be planted to restore the
riparian zone, promote biological diversity, and improve the aquatic
Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK),
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 is the largest water utility in the state,
providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the
largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With
headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700
dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other
related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states and
parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
Pennsylvania American Water
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