W.Va American Water awards environmental grants

Seven organizations receive funding

Staff Report

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia American Water announced Tuesday, May 2 that seven recipients received funding through the company’s 2017 Environmental Grant Program.

The program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships within West Virginia American Water’s service territory.

In April, a committee of West Virginia American Water representatives reviewed and judged a host of competitive applications from deserving programs and initiatives across the state.

Seven organizations were chosen to receive $15,360 in total funding for their water education, protection and preservation efforts. Awardees include:

• Capitol Conservation District ($2,500) for their Soil Tunnel Trailer

• Boone County Career & Technical Center ($3,100) to purchase Riparian buffers and educational packets as part of a watershed clean-up project

• Ernie Nester Chapter Trout Unlimited ($500) for temperature monitoring for Trout in the Classroom

• Marshall University ($2,000) for the Creek Geek watershed education program

• Ona Elementary School ($1,760) for creation of a classroom living stream

• WVU Extension Service ($5,000) for a mobile livestock facility

• Southern Appalachian Labor School ($500) for the purchase of collection containers during the drug take back program

“West Virginia American Water is continually working alongside community partners and organizations to safeguard our water resources,” said Brian Bruce, president of West Virginia American Water. “Through investments in community led projects and initiatives that better our environment, we are helping to bring discussions about source water protection to the forefront of our communities.”

West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high quality and reliable water services to approximately 550,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.westvirginiaamwater.com.

Seven organizations receive funding

Staff Report

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