Environmental Grant Program
2012 Environmental Grant Program
At Illinois American Water, we are committed to protecting the environment in the communities we serve and are proud to support the efforts of local organizations who share our vision.
Established in 2005, our Environmental Grant Program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies in our local communities. We are pleased to offer this assistance to our community partners, while leveraging local resources and capabilities to make a positive impact on the environment.
For more information about the program, contact Karen Cotton at 309-566-4126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a Look at our Past Winners!
2012 Environmental Grant Recipients
Bradley University in Peoria will receive a $5,000 grant for Phase 2 of the River Action League, which engages community volunteers to collect Illinois River samples for research and watershed improvement. The project incorporates additional testing protocols, data publication and a partnership with the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Living Lands and Waters will receive its requested $1,500 grant in full for the Great Mississippi River Clean Up. The goal of the project is to engage volunteers to help with the removal of approximately four tons of debris from the river.
The City of Peoria’s $6,000 grant for the Peoria Rain Garden and Native Landscaping Program will incorporate a pilot rain garden, native seeds and print materials to educate residents about the importance of rain gardens for storm water management.
The City of Waterloo will receive its requested $4,120 grant in full for the restoration of a historic freshwater spring located at the site of the Monroe County History Museum. This site is also home to the first Illinois settlement. The project includes debris removal, erosion prevention and the installation of a walking bridge.
The Morton Arboretum’s grant of $6,075 for the Wetland Restoration Stewardship Program will engage and educate audiences through volunteer workdays. Workday activities include native plantings, removal of invasive plants, trash removal and educational programs.
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center will utilize a grant of $3,071 for the Mississippi River Workshops to provide educators with activities, curriculum guide and tools for participating in The Mississippi River XChange (MRX) program. MRX is a platform for high school students along the Mississippi River to share information about their watershed and source water protection.
2011 Environmental Grant Recipients
Spring Lake Nature Park in Streator, Ill. received their requested grant amount of $1,427 in full for the West Trail Bridge Project. This project helped to decrease sedimentation in Spring Lake and provide appropriate crossing of the watershed.
Lisle Park District in Lisle, Ill. received a grant of $4,500 for the Woodglenn Park Renovation and Wetland Detention Interpretation Project. This project incorporated environmental and educational signage and activities at the park’s already established wetland area. By using the available landscape, the Lisle Park District increased awareness in regards to a wetland’s far-reaching benefits.
Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. was awarded a grant of $5,500 to create the River Action League. The River Action League mobilizes citizens for watershed health. The group provides training and sample collection kits to volunteers so they can collect water samples from the Illinois River. The samples are analyzed for the determination of water resource needs locally.
St. Clair County Health Department in Belleville, Ill. received their requested grant amount of $2,000 in full for the Water Resource Management and Sustainable Development Project. This project addresses ground water protection needs by providing educational presentations to employees, residents and students.
McHenry County Government Water Resources Division received a grant of $6,200 for their Rain Garden and Xeriscaping Educational Project. The project educates residents and landscapers in McHenry County on the benefits of native landscaping through the use of model gardens. Educational materials were also created and provided through this project.
Tazewell County Health Department in Pekin, Ill. was awarded a $3,800 grant for the Winter Snow and Ice Conference. This event addressed the need for increased awareness in the community about the rise in chlorides in ground water. The event provided education to the region’s snow and ice operators on more sustainable application techniques of road salt.
Great Rivers Land Trust utilized a grant of $5,000 to construct a filter pond on the grounds of The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the effectiveness of a two tiered filtration system to prevent sediment and impurities form reaching our streams and rivers.
2010 Environmental Grant Recipients
Living Lands and Water will receive a $5,000 grant for their Great Mississippi River Cleanup project. This one-day, clean-up project will take place simultaneously across 22 cities along the Mississippi River. The event will take place from St. Paul, Minn. to St. Louis, Mo., and includes the cities of Alton, Ill. and Grafton, Ill., which are served directly by Illinois American Water.
Tazewell County Health Department will receive their requested grant amount of $1,800 in full for the “Green Matters Street Cleanup” project in Pekin, Ill. This community-wide clean-up effort will launch an education and waste reduction initiative. Efforts also include the launch of a new chapter of Keeping American Beautiful to provide project sustainability.
Prairie Rivers Network will receive a $6,000 grant for the “Reining in the Rain” in Champaign. . By involving the creation for community rain gardens, the distribution of 50 rain barrels, this project should decrease flooding in residential neighborhoods of Champaign, Ill.
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will receive a $5,300 grant for the Aquatic Invasive Species Program in the Chicago Metro service area. This project focuses on public awareness and education surrounding threats posed by aquatic invasive species like the Zebra mussel. Data will also be collected to help determine future actions.
2009 Environmental Grant Recipients
Below the Surface based in Libertyville will be awarded $3,000 for its “90 ways in 90 days to clean and conserve water” program. Focusing on the Des Plaines and Mississippi watersheds, the project aims to increase awareness of upstream action and downstream impact and by providing one tip per day on a website, creating a watershed workbook for elementary, middle and high school students; and creating a water monitoring network in the Mississippi River online.2