Pennsylvania American Water Awards Environmental Grants to Eight Watershed Projects

  Pennsylvania American Water Awards Environmental Grants to Eight Watershed
  Projects

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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
County),

“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
    County
    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
    floodplain.

  *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
    habitat.

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.

Contact:

Pennsylvania American Water
Eastern/Central Pennsylvania:
Terry Maenza
T: 610-670-7789 ext. 1009
M: 610-849-6484
terry.maenza@amwater.com
or
Western Pennsylvania:
Gary Lobaugh
T: 724-873-3674
M: 724-944-5148
gary.lobaugh@amwater.com
 
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