A Greater Alton watershed initiative will join five others across the state receiving funding through Illinois American Water’s 2015 Environmental Grant Program.
The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling $23,515 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.
This announcement is being made in conjunction with Earth Day, April 22, to remind consumers of the need to protect resources for future generations.
“At Illinois American Water, Earth Day is every day,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water. “Our team works hard to not only provide water for life, but for our communities to thrive.”
Illinois American Water awarded a $5,000 grant to the Stream Discovery Released in the East program. The program, administered by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in East Alton, provides teachers with tools to 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.
Other awards include:
- Hickory Creek Watershed Bio-Blitz project, $2,915 to conduct a one-day aquatic assessment.
- Peoria Art Guild Rainwater Revival project, $2,500 to address Peoria’s sewer system overflow concerns.
- Peoria Riverfront Museum, $4,100 for an Education Garden project.
- City of South Beloit, $4,000 to remove invasive species along a creek.
- Conservation Technology Information Center, $5,000 grant for the a project focusing on a farming in watersheds.
On Earth Day, customers are reminded they can help maintain the quality and supply of drinking water through the following actions:
- Be conscious of daily water use and take steps to be water smart and help preserve this precious natural resource.
- Be sure that leaking pipes and faucets — indoors and outdoors — are repaired.
- Take care in the use of garden, lawn, garage or other home products and ensure they inadvertently do not find their way into groundwater.
- Dispose of chemicals or other potentially harmful products properly by not pouring them directly into home drains, the sewer, street drains or the lawn.
- Learn more about water through the annual local water quality reports. American Water customers can access their report by ZIP code on the company’s website at www.illinoisamwater.com under the Water Quality tab.
For more information, visit www.illinoisamwater.com.