Illinois American Water accepting grant applications for environmental
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[February 04, 2012]
BELLEVILLE -- Illinois American Water
announced Jan. 30 that the application process is open for its 2012
Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based
environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the
watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies through
The company will award grants of up to $10,000. The program is
designed to support diverse types of activities, such as watershed
cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside
buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives and
hazardous waste collection efforts.
"Illinois American Water is committed to ensuring water quality
through testing and treatment, as well as through consumer education
and community source protection programs," said Karla Olson Teasley,
Illinois American Water president. "We are all environmental
stewards in protecting our water supplies, and this program is one
way we help communities play an active role in this important
To qualify, proposed projects must:
Address a source
water or watershed protection need in the community.
between May 1 and Nov. 30, 2012.
Be a new or
innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant
expansion to an existing program.
Be carried out by
a formal or informal partnership between two or more
of sustainability (continued existence after the American Water
grant funds are used).
Be located in an Illinois American
Water service area.
In 2011, Illinois American Water awarded
seven grants totaling over $28,000. A panel of judges selected the
winners from over 30 grant applications and awarded grants as
Spring Lake Nature
Park in Streator received their requested grant amount of $1,427
in full for the West Trail Bridge Project. This project helped
to decrease sedimentation in Spring Lake and provide appropriate
crossing of the watershed.
District in Lisle received a grant of $4,500 for the Woodglenn
Park Renovation and Wetland Detention Interpretation Project.
This project incorporated environmental and educational signage
and activities at the parkís already established wetland area.
By using the available landscape, the Lisle Park District
increased awareness in regard to a wetlandís far-reaching
in Peoria was awarded a grant of $5,500 to create the River
Action League. The River Action League mobilizes citizens for
watershed health. The group provides training and sample
collection kits to volunteers so they can collect water samples
from the Illinois River. The samples are analyzed for the
determination of water resource needs locally.
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St. Clair County
Health Department in Belleville received their requested grant
amount of $2,000 in full for the Water Resource Management and
Sustainable Development Project. This project addresses
groundwater protection needs by providing educational
presentations to employees, residents and students.
Government Water Resources Division received a grant of $6,200
for their Rain Garden and Xeriscaping Educational Project. The
project educates residents and landscapers in McHenry County on
the benefits of native landscaping through the use of model
gardens. Educational materials were also created and provided
through this project.
Health Department in Pekin was awarded a $3,800 grant for the
Winter Snow and Ice Conference. This event addressed the need
for increased awareness in the community about the rise in
chlorides in groundwater. The event provided education to the
regionís snow and ice operators on more sustainable application
techniques of road salt.
Great Rivers Land
Trust used a grant of $5,000 to construct a filter pond on the
grounds of The Nature Institute in Godfrey. The purpose of the
project was to demonstrate the effectiveness of a two-tiered
filtration system to prevent sediment and impurities from
reaching our streams and rivers.
Grant information and application forms are available online at
www.illinoisamwater.com. Applications must be postmarked by March 10
and mailed to
Karen Cotton at Illinois American Water, 123 SW Washington,
Peoria, IL 61602; or emailed to
Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American
Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in
the state, providing water or wastewater services to more than 1.2
million people. For more information about Illinois American Water,
[Text from file received from
Illinois American Water]