June 08, 2020

Virginia American Water Announces 2020 Environmental Grant Recipients: Grant Program Provides $7,500 to Support Source Water Protection Projects

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 8, 2020) – Virginia American Water has selected four initiatives across the state to receive funding through the company’s 2020 Environmental Grant Program.Since 2005, Virginia American Water’s Environmental Grant Program has been providing funding for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in our local communities.

​“Virginia American Water is committed to protecting our natural resources and we are proud to support the efforts of local organizations that share our vision," said Barry Suits, president of Virginia American Water. “We applaud the work of these organizations to develop the next generation of environmental stewards who will cherish these resources and educate others on the critical role that nature plays in our everyday lives.” 

The 2020 Virginia American Water Environmental Grant recipients are as follows:

The Four Mile Run Conservancy received funding to support a summer/fall series of public conservation activities offered at Four Mile Run Park. The activities will relate to water quality and river health with some emphasizing the scientific methods used to determine water quality, such as testing for the presence of chemicals.

The Friends of the Lower Appomattox River received funding to develop an educational display which will be used in the cultivation of current and future generations of local Appomattox River stewards and volunteers to address the ongoing need to enhance the health of the river.

The Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District received funding to purchase technology to automate the registration process at their stream and river cleanup events, water quality monitoring (micro invertebrate and biological monitoring program) and outdoor educational opportunities for students and adults.

The James River Association received funding to support their partnership with the Hopewell City Public Schools to engage 7th grade students in river-based, hands-on learning experiences such as fish trawling, water quality monitoring, and exploring the outdoors.

To learn more about Virginia American Water’s Environmental Grant Program, visit 

About Virginia American Water
Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 325,000 people.  For more information, visit and follow Virginia American Water on Twitter and Facebook

About American Water 

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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