(February 2, 2010) ? Illinois American Water announced today that the application process is now open for its 2010 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds and community drinking water supplies. 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. "The goal of this program is to positively impact watersheds and our drinking water resources," said Karla Teasley, president, Illinois American Water. "We encourage municipalities, schools, environmental organizations and civic groups to apply for a grant to support projects that will benefit a watershed in their community." To qualify, a proposed project must be located within an Illinois American Water service area and address a source water or watershed protection need in the community. All projects will be completed between May 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010. Criteria will be judged on the program innovation for the community, the partnership with other organizations and program sustainability.
In 2009, a total of 25 projects were supported by American Water environmental grants totaling more than $114,000. Four of these projects are located in Illinois. They included:
Below the Surface based in Libertyville was awarded $3,000 for its ?90 ways in 90 days to clean and conserve water? program.
Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac received $5,000 to help fund its P2D2 Pontiac Prescription Drug Disposal Plan.
Sun Foundation for Advancement in the Environmental Sciences and Arts based in Washburn received a grant of $3,000 to create a model for its Clean Water Celebration.
Will County Land Use Department based in Joliet received $3,000 to help fund the debris removal and stabilization of Fiddyment Creek.
Grant information and application forms can be found online at www.illinoisamwater.com. Applications must be postmarked by March 22, 2009, and mailed to Karen Cotton at Illinois American Water, 123 SW Washington, Peoria, IL 61602 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.