Illinois American Water announced today that the application process is now open for its 2014 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental
projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/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
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, 2014 and November 30, 2014
· 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
· provide evidence of sustainability
In 2013, Illinois
American Water issued eight grants totaling $34,943 to the following
· Living Lands and Waters received its requested $1,500 grant in full for
the Great Mississippi River Clean Up. Mississippi River clean up efforts took
place on Oct. 12, 2013 from the Grafton boat
launch in Illinois American Water’s Alton District. The goal of the project is
to engage volunteers to help with the removal of approximately four tons of
debris from the river.
· The City of Waterloo, located in Illinois American Water’s Interurban
(Metro East) District, received its requested $3,000 grant in full to preserve
the environmental nature of a parcel of land within
William Zimmer Park while preventing ground erosion of the land surrounding the
retention basin which eventually leads to Gerhardt Creek.
· Country Club Estates Civic Association in the Chicago Metro service area
received a $6,443 grant for a community rain garden project. The project
includes installation of a 300 square foot rain
garden within a .75 acre drainage area. The expected benefit is a reduction in
surface run-off by 54%. Overall benefits include beautification of the area,
mitigate flooding and surface run-offs.
· Great Rivers Land Trust in Alton received a $4,000 grant for the Piasa
Creek Wetland Project. This project restored about 2.5 acres from degradation
caused by agricultural practices. This restoration
provides vital habitat food and breeding sources.
· The Illinois Green Business Association in the Champaign District
received a $4,900 grant for the Businesses on Board for Water Conservation
project. The project helps businesses earn green
certification with a focus on water conservation, helping to protect the
precious water source of the Mahomet Aquifer.
· River Trails School District 26 in the Mount Prospect service area of
the Chicago Metro District received an $8,000 grant for their Watershed
Protection and Storm Water Collection project. This
project focuses on storm water collection to address problems of flooding,
water pollution and high irrigation costs. The project will incorporate an
outdoor classroom concept and engage students
in problem solving.
· The Sierra Club in the Champaign District received a $3,500 Grant for
the Perkins Road Park Riparian Restoration project. This project restores
native vegetation on a parcel of land with in the
Champaign Park District. The site was previously used by the sanitary district
for sludge removal.
· Trees Forever received a $3,600 grant for the Stewards of Our Water
project in Pontiac. The project engaged citizens in workshops about the
importance of water protection. Participants
learned about best practices and had hands-on training prior to implementing a
water quality project in Pontiac.
Grant information and
application forms can be found online at www.illinoisamwater.com. Applications must be postmarked by March
31, 2014, and mailed to Karen Cotton at Illinois American Water,
7500 North Harker Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email is preferred, but not required.
Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:
AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing
high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater
services to approximately 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a
customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory
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 employs more
than 6,700 dedicated
professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services
to approximately 14 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of
Canada. More information can be found
by visiting www.amwater.com.