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Illinois American Water announces environmental grant program

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[January 28, 2013]  BELLEVILLE -- Illinois American Water announced Friday that the application process is now open for its 2013 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water or groundwater supplies through partnerships.

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 protecting our water supplies through outreach and education. This program is another way we can help communities play an active role in this important effort," said Karla Olson Teasley, Illinois American Water president.

To qualify, proposed projects must be located in an Illinois American Water service area and:

  • Address a source water or watershed protection need in the community.

  • Be completed between May 1 and Nov. 29.

  • 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 organizations.

  • Provide evidence of sustainability (continue existence after the Illinois American Water grant money is used).

In 2012, Illinois American Water awarded six grants totaling more than $25,000. A panel of judges selected the winners from more than 20 grant applications and awarded grants as follows:

  • Living Lands and Waters received its requested $1,500 grant in full for the Great Mississippi River Clean Up. Mississippi River cleanup efforts took place on Sept. 15, 2012, from the Grafton boat launch. The goal of the project was to engage volunteers to help with the removal of approximately 4 tons of debris from the river.

  • The Morton Arboretum, in the Chicago Metro District, received a $6,075 grant for its Wetland Restoration Stewardship Program, which engaged and educated audiences through volunteer workdays. Workday activities included native plantings, removal of invasive plants, trash removal and educational programs.

  • The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center received a $3,071 grant for its Mississippi River Workshops, which provided educators with activities, curriculum guide and tools for participating in the Mississippi River XChange program, known as MRX. The MRX program is a platform for high school students along the Mississippi River to share information abut their watershed and source water protection.

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  • The city of Waterloo received its requested $4,120 grant in full for the restoration of a historic freshwater spring at the site of the Monroe County History Museum. This site is also home to the first Illinois settlement. The project included debris removal, erosion prevention and the installation of a walking bridge.

  • The city of Peoria received a $6,000 grant for the Peoria Rain Garden and Native Landscaping Program, which incorporated a pilot rain garden, native seeds and print materials to educate residents about the importance of rain gardens for stormwater management.

  • Bradley University in Peoria received a $5,000 grant for Phase 2 of the River Action League, which engages community volunteers to collect Illinois River samples for research and watershed improvement. The project incorporated additional testing protocols, data publication and a partnership with the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Grant information and application forms are available at Applications must be postmarked by March 11 and mailed to Karen Cotton at

Illinois American Water, 7500 N. Harker Drive, Peoria, IL 61615; or emailed to


Illinois American Water, a 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. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company has more than 7,000 employees who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information on the company is available at

[Text from file received from Illinois American Water]

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