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Environmental Grant Program

Environmental Grant Program

Pennsylvania American Water's Environmental Grant Program awards grants annually to support diverse types of environmental sustainability activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects and hazardous waste collection efforts.

At Pennsylvania American Water, we are committed to protecting the environment in the communities we serve and are proud to support the efforts of local organizations that 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.

To qualify for Environmental Grant funding, a proposed project must:

  • Improve, protect or restore the watershed or source water
  • Be located within the Pennsylvania American Water service area
  • Be a new or innovative community initiative, or serve as significant expansion to an existing program.

Take a Look at our 2014 Environmental Grant Winners

  • Abington Area Joint Recreation Board, Lackawanna County
    With the funding, the organization will host an “Earth Camp” that focuses on environmental education, art and fitness for school children in grades fifth through seventh. Students will experience environmental studies and learn more about the water issues facing the world today.
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Washington County
    The organization plans to protect and restore section of Dutch Fork, a tributary of the Buffalo Creek, by stabilizing stream banks, enhancing fish habitat and installing riparian buffer to improve water quality.
  • Brandywine Valley Association, Chester County
    The organization will use the funding to develop environmental educational programs for students in the Coatesville Area School District. Children will gain a better understanding of the watershed and learn stewardship practices to sustain the quality of the community’s water resources.
  • Londonderry Township, Dauphin County
    The grant will support restoration of the riparian buffer along sections of the Swatara Creek, with local volunteers planting native trees and shrubs to vegetate the restored floodplain.
  • Pennsylvania Resources Council, Allegheny County
    With the funding, PRC will implement a series of household chemical collection events in western Pennsylvania, as well as educate residents about minimizing the amount of waste generated and the health effects of using toxic materials.
  • Plains Township, Luzerne County
    The grant will enable the township to construct a rain garden and nature habitat in its municipal park. The project will provide an educational and educational experience for all ages to learn about sustainability, watershed protection, stormwater management and pollution control.

Take a Look at our 2012 Environmental Grant Winners

Pennsylvania American Water provided eight grants totaling approximately $35,600 to the following organizations:

  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council will utilize its grant to undertake an invasive species removal, riparian buffer planting and educational program involving Pennsylvania American Water’s property along the Huntsville Creek. The project will improve the creek’s water quality and educate volunteers about healthy riparian buffers.
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council’s grant will support volunteers working on environmental restoration and beautification projects throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. The grant will help provide tools, power equipment, safety gear and related supplies for the council’s mobile shed known as the Conservation Planting Trailer.
  • Derry Township Environmental Action Committee will use its funding to host a Water Protection Workshop to educate residents and businesses on storm water runoff and source water protection.  The funding will also provide rain barrels to participants of the workshop, which will also serve as a model for future community partnerships on watershed protection.
  • Carnegie Borough Shade Tree Commission received a grant to support the commissions’ plans to plant a sunflower rain garden, which will educate residents on the use of rain gardens to alleviate runoff during rain events. A community mural and video documentary will commemorate the project and provide additional educational material on the project.
  • Timmy’s Town Center’s grant will be used to develop an educational program entitled “Wet Paint” to educate children about watershed protection and resources. Additionally, the program will include decorating four benches to be placed along the Lackawanna River to encourage children to visit the river and foster environmental stewardship.
  • Butler County Department of Community Corrections will utilize its grant to provide materials necessary for watershed cleanups along lakes, streams and reservoirs in the county. The project will collect, transport and dispose of litter from the waterways, as well as recycle the collected waste materials, whenever possible.
  • East Pennsboro Township’s plan to improve the quality of the waterways impacted by the community's storm sewer system and resulting storm water runoff, will use its grant to fund the purchase storm sewer curb markers for raising public awareness that storm water content drains into local water sources. The project will engage volunteers from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other community organizations.
  • Paddle Without Pollution’s grant will allow the group to engage volunteers in a watershed cleanup project throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.  Kayakers and canoeists will take to the waterways to rid the shorelines of debris during their journey.

2011 Environmental Grant Winners

Pennsylvania American Water issued seven grants totaling approximately $35,000 to the following organizations:

  • Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will use the funding to clean up a 40-acre site in the Chartiers Creek watershed in Collier Township by removing debris and invasive species and by planting trees, shrubs and other native plants to restore the habitat and foster animal/plant biodiversity. The project also includes restoring aquatic native species to help with the bioremediation of acid mine drainage in wetlands areas, which will enhance water quality in Pinkerton Run.
  • Marywood University will develop and facilitate an instructional workshop this summer for middle and high school teachers in northeast Pennsylvania. The “Watershed Workshop” will consist of classroom instruction, laboratory exercises, video programs, field work and peer teaching in the Lackawanna River watershed to improve the educators’ understanding about the ecology and value of natural watersheds.
  • Brandywine Valley Association plans to develop an environmental education program for students (ages 5-12) at BVA’s Saalbach Farm to serve East Fallowfield, Valley and Caln townships among other communities in the Coatesville Area School District. The hands-on educational activities will focus on the importance of watershed protection, including wetland and stream studies, examination of the water cycle, ecosystems and exploration of the area’s rich natural resources,
  • Dauphin County Conservation District will support the restoration of approximately 4,400 feet of riparian buffer to increase stream bed protection and enhance water quality along a tributary of the Swatara Creek in Derry Township. The project also entails developing an outside classroom and additional educational resources to benefit the community and local school groups for years to come.
  • Clarks Summit Shade Tree Commission will use the grant to positively impact the community’s water resources and watershed by reforesting the junction of Summit Lake Creek and Leggett’s Creek. In addition to planting trees and shrubs, the group plans to conduct stream bed cleanup to prevent flash-flooding a along Summit Lane Creek, as well as host an educational forum with other project partners, including the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry, Penn State Cooperative Extension’s Urban Forestry, and Clarks Summit Borough officials.
  • Buffalo Creek Watershed Association will support the organization’s efforts to enhance its water-monitoring program for selected streams within the Buffalo Creek Watershed to promote early identification of adverse water quality trends and deviations. To improve the program’s ongoing surveillance and sampling practices, the group will purchase and install permanent in-stream data loggers to continuously generate real-time, reliable data, which will download into an automated software system.
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council will establish a rainwater harvesting system at the Spring-Ford Intermediate School in Royersford to provide students with hands-on environmental lessons in water conservation. The proposed system will capture rainwater to operate the schoolyard pond and stream, as well as irrigate the plants in the school’s garden. The project will also serve as a focal point for fifth- and sixth-grade lessons on watersheds, wetlands, sustainability, conservation and water management.

Past  Winners