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Environmental Grant Program

At 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 annual 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 modest 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 be:

  • Located within an American Water service area
  • Completed between May and November of the grant funding year
  • Be a new or innovative community initiative, or serve as significant expansion to an existing program.

For more information, please see our 2015 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.  To access our electronic fillable version of the form, click here.

For more information about the program in your state, please see below:

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California

2014 California American Water Environmental Grant Program

California American Water is issued two grants totaling $10,000 to the following organizations:

  • The Carmel River Watershed Conservancy, located in the company’s Monterey service area, received $6,000 to fund its Steelhead Recovery Signage Project in Carmel. The Carmel River does not have signage indicating that a steelhead recovery plan is currently underway. The project involves designing, planning, constructing and installing “Steelhead Recovery Site” signs at critical public access points along the Carmel River and its tributary creeks. The signs will help preserve the rearing habitat and riparian quality for the threatened species by informing and educating the public of the names of the Carmel River’s tributary creeks along with the importance of treating them as steelhead recovery sites.
  • Mira Loma High School was awarded $4,000 for its Arcade Creek Project in Sacramento. Currently in its 14th year, the project is a student-led ecological field study comprised of over 300 high school junior and senior science students from the International Baccalaureate Program at Mira Loma High School. The project will continue to allow students to conduct and evaluate field research to determine the overall health of the Arcade Creek by identifying non-native species and invasive species removal. Students participate in restoration outings, removing invasive species and consistent monitoring to assure they do not reoccur.

Entries in CA should be sent to:
Brian Barreto
8657 Grand Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770
brian.barreto@amwater.com

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Illinois

2015 Illinois American Water Environmental Grant Program

Illinois American Water issued six grants totaling $23,515 to the following organizations:

  • The Stream Discovery Released in the East program received a $5,000 grant.  The program, which is administered by the National Great River Research and Education Center in Alton fills a void in today’s education by providing teachers with tools to engage and educate students about aquatic resources.  Students participate in hands-on stream monitoring and research.  The program will be expanded to include classrooms in the Champaign and Lincoln areas.
  • The Hickory Creek Watershed Bio-Blitz project received a $2,915 grant to conduct a one-day aquatic assessment where community volunteers within Hickory Creek watershed will team up with biologists to help collect and sort macro invertebrate.  The species will later be identified by professional aquatic biologists.  More than 100 attendees are expected, including K-12 students via pre and post-blitz lesson plans.
  • The Peoria Art Guild’s Rainwater Revival project will receive their requested grant of $2,500 in full.  The Rainwater Revival project addresses Peoria’s sewer system overflow concerns.  The Peoria Art Guild will collaborate with area schools to create unique artistic rain basin collection systems to reduce water fun off in downtown Peoria, raise awareness and implement an innovative use of water in Peoria.
  • The Peoria Riverfront Museum received a $4,100 grant for an Education Garden project. The project aims to educate children on the importance of native plants to surface water protection and river bank erosion.  The 1,500 square foot garden will be used during summer camp, summer classes and programming during the weekly Riverfront Market on Saturday mornings.
  • The City of South Beloit received a $4,000 grant for the community’s Meet Me at the Confluence 2 project.  This the second phase of a project that began last year to remove invasive species along Turtle Creek.  The restoration project demonstrates the City’s commitment to realizing the vision of the Confluence as a focus for natural education and restoration of native ecosystems.
  • The Conservation Technology Information Center will receive a $5,000 grant for the Indian Creek Watershed project which focuses on a farming in watersheds.  A series of success story vignettes will be produced to educate on successful conservation systems including benefits, data and insight from leading farmers on adopting priority best practices in real-world situations.

See 2013 Winners in the press release.

See 2012 Winners in the press release.

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Indiana

2014 Indiana American Water Environmental Grant Program

Indiana American Water is issuing five grants totaling $9,300 to the following organizations:

  • The City of Noblesville will use its $2,500 grant for The Hague Road Tree Planting Project, which will use green infrastructure to manage storm water runoff in the area by helping to filter pollutants before they reach nearby Cicero Creek. The project will remove soil sediment, reduce flood damage and runoff, and increase water quality by reducing pollution by as much as 80 percent. The plantings will also provide secondary benefits like cooling nearby air temperatures and capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $1,377 for its Green in 2014 Rain Barrel Painting Contest. The Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District will use the grant to fund a pilot project of the Clark/Floyd County “Green in southern Indiana” campaign. The project, which includes developing a rain barrel painting contest for local elementary schools, is designed to increase awareness of urban impacts to area stream water quality and habitat by promoting cost-effective and environmentally friendly storm water management techniques.
  • The Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy, Inc. will use its $2,500 grant to focus on creating a rain garden and bioswale to filter storm water runoff from a parking lot at the 157-acre Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve. Project plans also include involving community residents and a local Girl Scout troop to help install the rain garden and native vegetation.
  • The City of Sullivan was awarded $3,500 for its Central Park Plaza Watershed Protection Project. The Central Park Plaza is a new park under development in the City of Sullivan in western Indiana. This watershed protection project involves planting several large trees on the community’s first public green space, a new 4.3-acre park located in downtown Sullivan. The trees will reduce storm water runoff and pollutants in local streams, enhance air quality, and encourage local residents to use water wisely and to adopt practices and habits in their daily lives to improve water quality. Plans for Central Park also include expanding an existing structure located on the site to include a new community center and amphitheater.
  • The Wabash Riverkeeper was awarded $400 for the De-Trash the Wabash clean-up expansion to purchase supplies for expanding current De-Trash the Wabash river clean-up efforts to surrounding counties near the company’s West Lafayette district. De-Trash the Wabash is an annual river clean-up event bringing together hundreds of volunteers each spring to clean up the stream banks of the area’s most valuable water resource. Wabash Riverkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Entries in IN should be sent to:
Indiana American Water
555 E. County Line Rd., 
Greenwood, IN 46143

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Iowa

2015 Iowa American Water Environmental Grant Program

Iowa American Water is issuing three grants totaling more than $7,000 to the following organizations:

  • River Action, Inc. will be awarded $4,500 for its Student Citizen Science at Lost Grove Lake Program. The program will provide environmental learning opportunities for 200 students at Lost Grove Lake, north of Scott County. In field experimental education will contribute to the overall improvement of student knowledge and understanding of ecosystem function and watershed management.  

  • Keep Scott County Beautiful will be awarded $1,500 for Xstream Cleanup 2015. Xstream Cleanup is an annual Quad-City wide cleanup of streams, creeks, drainage areas and sections of the Mississippi River. About 1,500 volunteers will help the community and our environment by clearing debris from 30-45 sites on Saturday, August 8. Last year volunteers removed approximately 33,000 pounds of debris from area waterways.      

  • Gateway ImpACT Coalition will be awarded a $1,000 grant for its Safe Disposal of Medication Project. One goal of the project is to increase community awareness and marketing, which includes working with local media, providers and partners, to use medication drop boxes for disposal of unneeded medication in a safe, convenient and environmentally friendly manner.

Entries in IA should be sent to:
Lisa M. Reisen, PHR
5201 Grand Avenue
Davenport, IA  52807

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Kentucky

2015 Kentucky American Water Environmental Grant Program

Since launching the program in 2006, Kentucky American Water has awarded more than $165,000 for environmental projects.

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

• Located within Kentucky American Water's 11-county service area (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas Owen, Scott and Woodford counties)
• Address a source water or watershed protection need
• Completed between May and November of the grant funding year
• Establish a new or innovative program or a significant expansion to an existing program
• Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership of at least two organizations; and provide evidence of sustainability.

Hard copy applications should be mailed to:
Susan Lancho
Kentucky American Water
2300 Richmond Road
Lexington, KY 40502

For more information about the program, contact Susan Lancho at susan.lancho@amwater.com.

2015 Kentucky American Water Environmental Grant Program

Kentucky American Water is issuing four grants totaling nearly $9,200 to the following organizations:

  • “Sweep and Restore,” coordinated by the Friends of Stoner Creek in Bourbon County, Ky., will conduct tire and other debris removal and proper disposal, as well as tree and shrub planting  efforts along the barren banks of Stoner Creek, which serves as the source of water supply for the City of Paris as well as Kentucky American Water’s customers in Millersburg, Ky. The project, which will receive $4,300 in grant funds, will involve the Friends of Stoner Creek, a volunteer organization, as well as the Bourbon County Road Department, local Boy Scouts, the Bourbon County Citizen newspaper, the Kentucky Division of Water, Kentucky Department of Forestry and the City of Paris.  The effort will address creek bank erosion issues that affect aquatic life, algal bloom issues in the creek due to the barren banks’ lack of shade, and water flow reduction caused by a buildup of tires and other debris in and along the creek.

  • “Urban Orchard and Storm Water Run-Off Collaboration Project,” coordinated by Seedleaf in Lexington, will involve increasing the amount of plant material in the urban areas of Lexington through community gardens of fruit and nut trees, which assist in reducing harmful storm water run-off, thereby protecting urban waterways that ultimately flow into large bodies of water, including the Kentucky River.  The effort will also assist in providing additional, nutritious food options for limited income families as well as assist in beautifying urban neighborhoods.  The project, which will receive $4,900 in grant funds, will also involve Town Branch Tree Experts, Micheler’s Florist, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, England’s Orchard and the William Wells Brown Neighborhood Association.

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Missouri

2015 Missouri American Water Environmental Grant Program

Missouri American Water announces five watershed-related projects receiving funding from the company’s annual Environmental Grant Program.

These grants are part of American Water’s national Environmental Grant Program, which began in 2005.  The grants support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore and/or protect watersheds and community water supplies through partnerships.

The 2015 grant recipients are:

The Alliance of Southwest Missouri located in Joplin will use funds for the purchase and promotion of permanent prescription drug drop-off boxes.  This project is a collaborative effort among many organizations including Joplin Schools, Jasper County Sheriffs and the Joplin Police Department.
Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin will use funds for the annual “Shoal Creek Water Festival” bringing awareness to the need to protect Shoal Creek as it is Joplin’s main source of drinking water.
Missouri River Relief for the “Big Muddy Home Waters” clean-up.  Funds are used to organize community based clean-ups of trash from the Missouri River in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.
The Missouri Coalition for the Environment in St. Louis will use the grant to purchase an interactive watershed health educational display.  This model will introduce and teach watershed protection concepts to local residents.
The St. Joseph Youth Alliance will use funds for “Project WET,” a program with local youth involving stream clean-ups and water quality testing.

Entires in MO should be sent to:
Christie Barnhart
2650 E. 32nd Street Ste. 121
Joplin, MO  64804

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New Jersey

2015 New Jersey American Water Environmental Grant Program

In 2015, New Jersey American Water issued six grants totaling $36,000 to the following organizations:

  • Central Jersey Stream Team (Old Bridge) will perform several cleanups of refuse in and along the Raritan River, from Branchburg to Bound Brook.
  • Great Swamp Watershed Association (New Vernon) will conduct an environmental education program to bring awareness to community members as to their proximity within the watershed, identify their drinking water and wastewater inflow and outflow sites, and how storm water runoff impacts local water supply.
  • Kean University (Union) will restore and improve water source protection for the Manasquan River in Monmouth County by conducting worships and river bank stabilization projects with local high school students along with the New Jersey Water Supply Authority.
  • Mt. Holly Environmental Commission (Mt. Holly) plans to replace turf grass with native grasses and plants in four naturalized detention basins. The project aims to protect the Rancocas Creek through effective storm water runoff.
  • New Jersey Tree Foundation (Camden) will partner with the Camden City School District to install an urban reforestation and environmental education project. The program will plant approximately 30 trees and remove 160 square feet of concrete to help remove pollutants from more than 7,500 gallons of storm water. In addition, more than 100 East Camden students will learn about urban forestry and storm water management.
  • Poricy Park Conservancy (Middletown) will install erosion control measures along the embankments of Murray Pond and work to increase awareness of the importance of the watershed protection.

Entries for New Jersey should be mailed to:
New Jersey American Water
P.O. Box 102
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Attn: Greer Thacker

For More Information
Contact Greer Thacker at greer.thacker@amwater.com

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New York

2014 New York American Water Environmental Grant Program

New York American Water is issuing one grant totaling $5,000 to the following organization:

  • The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County will use its grant for the Grow Native|Live Native project, which encourages county residents to think about the health of their environment and engages them in learning about and creating native plant gardens in their homes, businesses and community. Landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses greatly improves the health of the ecosystem, preserves the underground water aquifers, uses fewer fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, is more sustainable and ultimately saves the homeowner money.

Entries in NY should be sent to:
New York American Water

60 Brooklyn Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566

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Pennsylvania

Entries for Pennsylvania must be postmarked by Mar. 13, 2015 and mailed to:

ATTN: Environmental Grant Program
Pennsylvania American Water
800 W. Hersheypark Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033.

2015 Pennsylvania American Water Environmental Grant Program

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

  • Abington Area Joint Recreation Board, Lackawanna County 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.
  • Habitat for Humanity, Washington County:  The grant will be used to reduce stormwater runoff at a Habitat for Humanity construction site. The project includes installing rain gardens and native plants in the landscaping to absorb and reduce stormwater runoff into a tributary of Chartiers Creek.

  • Keystone College, Lackawanna County:  The project aims to identify the impact of a declining population of Eastern Hemlock trees on the watershed, as well as implement best practices in landscaping and stream restoration to protect the South Branch of Tunkhannock Creek.

  • Montgomery County Conservation District:  The organization will use the funding to develop permanent displays on watershed stewardship and water quality at Norristown Farm Park. The displays will be integrated into the county’s educational programs at the park.

  • Economic Development South, Allegheny County: With the funding, the organization will develop a Saw Mill Run Watershed Stewards Program, a volunteer program to connect citizens to issues affecting the watershed. The group will also launch a mobile application allowing users to report water quality issues in the watershed.

  • Columbia County Conservation District:  The grant will fund a water education program for eight-grade students across the county.  Students will learn about the history of Briar Creek Lake, as well as learn about groundwater, watersheds and wetlands.

  • 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.

  • Dunmore Historical Society, Lackawanna County:  With the grant, the organization will renew and enhance three existing butterfly gardens and provide soil erosion protection through plantings at the Dunmore #1 Reservoir.

See our 2013 Winners press release.

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Tennessee

2015 Tennessee American Water Environmental Grant Program

Tennessee American Water is issuing three grants totaling $8,750 to the following organizations:

  • Lookout Mountain Conservancy – “Environmental Connection: Connecting Youth with Water and Land” This is the fourth phase and the fourth year that Tennessee American Water supports this unique partnership between the Lookout Mountain Conservancy and at-risk youth who are connected to the land and water in a way that transforms the lives of the participants. The project consists of continued restoration of 1+ acres of land, which is a steep kudzu and trash covered ravine draining to Chattanooga Creek and the Tennessee River. 
  • Hamilton County Coalition – “Community & Regional Awareness and Drug Disposal Project” As a partner with Tennessee American Water for annual “Drug Take Back” events, the Coalition has expanded its outreach to include surrounding counties. The grant will allow them to continue to educate citizens on the proper disposal of medications to keep them out of the environment as well as potential misuse in their homes. It will also allow for additional permanent drug drop-off disposal locations. 
  • Tennessee River Gorge Trust – “Improving TRGT Bird Banding Facilities in Partnership with Southeast Conservation Corps” This is the second year that Tennessee American Water supports the TRGT’s Bird Observatory and related birdbanding research. This project will provide critical infrastructure to the Bird Observatory area with the engagement of you

Entries for TN should be sent to:
Kathryn Hart
kathryn.hart@amwater.com
Tennessee American Water
109 Wiehl Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403

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Virginia

2014 Virginia American Water Environmental Grant Program

Virginia American Water is issuing four grants totaling $7,500 to the following organizations:

  • Friends of the Lower Appomattox River is receiving $1,000 for an erosion control project on the road leading to the canoe access point. Rocks will be installed to prevent soil erosion.
  • Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO) is receiving $2,000 for a water conservation program using rain barrels. FOTO will use the funds to purchase rain barrels and conduct workshops to educate community members on the beneficial use of rain barrels for watering gardens.
  • The Prince William Conservation Alliance in Woodbridge is receiving $1,500 for a tree planting program at the Prince William County Dog Park on Minnieville Road. The project is intended to help prevent erosion and slow storm water runoff to Neabsco Creek, improve community appearance in a very visible location, and improve wildlife habitat.
  • Indiana University, in Kokomo, Ind., is partnering with Virginia American Water in a characterization study of E. coli in the Appomattox River. The university is receiving $3,000 to study the source of pathogens. Intake river water samples will be analyzed under base flow and high flow conditions using molecular techniques and cultivation methods.

Entries in VA should be sent to:
Christian Volk, Ph.D.,
Water Quality Manager
VA/MD-American Water
900 Industrial Street, PO Box 60
Hopewell, VA 23860

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West Virginia

2015 West Virginia American Water Environmental Grant Program

West Virginia American Water is issuing six grants totaling $10,000 to the following organizations:

  • Coal River Group ($1,500) for its water festival and fecal coliform testing program
  • Friends of Blackwater ($2,500) for a teacher training and educational workshop
  • Morris Creek Watershed Association ($2,000) to purchase waders for water quality data collection and education
  • Shady Spring Elementary School ($1,000) for its “Wet and Wild Wetland” program that encourages student observation and investigation
  • Southern Appalachian Labor School ($500) for a prescription drug take back program to help improve and protect water quality in Loop Creek
  • Valley High School ($2,500) for educational materials and equipment to conduct water sampling along the Kanawha River

Entries in WV should be sent to:
West Virginia American Water
Attn: Megan Hannah
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302
megan.hannah@amwater.com