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National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is receiving a $5,000 grant for the Expanding Stream Discovery: New Watersheds and Increased Stewardship Project. The project is an environmental education project that provides students a hands-on opportunity to learn about water quality in their community by monitoring a local stream.
American Water announced Monday local recipients of the company's 2014 Environmental Grant Program awards.
Illinois American Water is issuing grants to the following Illinois organizations:
- National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is receiving a $5,000 grant for the Expanding Stream Discovery: New Watersheds and Increased Stewardship Project. The project is an environmental education project that provides students a hands-on opportunity to learn about water quality in their community by monitoring a local stream. Stream Discovery training is available solely to teachers and students living in the Piasa Creek Watershed, so the goal of this project is to expand outreach to three new Illinois watersheds. Other partners on this project include National Geographic, Bradley University, The Nature Institute and Army Corps of Engineers.
- Lewis and Clark Community College is receiving a $2,300 grant for the Stormwater Runoff Management Bioswale Project. Through this project, faculty from Lewis and Clark Community College will engage Alton Middle School students to install two native planted bioswales at the college, which is expected to improve water quality by providing filtering runoff and reducing velocity.
- Southern Illinois Groundwater Protection Committee is receiving a $1,625 grant for the Mississippi River Clean Up to be held in September in conjunction with the Annual Educational Field Day and the Illinois Environmental Health Association. This will include an estimated 100-125 environmentalist participating in the project. This clean-up event will engage about 100 environmentalists clearing trash for disposal or recycling and will cover approximately 2 miles of the shore of the Mississippi River in East St. Louis.
- Bluestem Communication in partnership with Mississippi River Network and Piasa Palisades Sierra Club is receiving a $600 grant to clean 16 miles of the Illinois Great River Road. Following the cleanup, an educational party will be held to continue education efforts. In-kind donations to this event also include Illinois American Water's Mobile Education Center, drinking water and water bottles.
Established in 2005, American Water's 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 the communities it serves.
"Each one of these organizations is making a difference in one of American Water's communities, and we are very proud to partner with them to turn their plans into a reality," Manager of Corporate Responsibility Debra Vernon said. "Now in its ninth year, our state environmental grant program has provided needed support for communities to help improve, restore and protect our valuable natural resources through partnerships. We are proud of the opportunity to support such worthy projects that positively impact the environment and our water sources."