Over $23,000 Awarded for Water Source Protection Projects
Illinois American Water announced today that six
watershed initiatives across the state will receive funding through the
company’s 2015 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share
of grant funds totaling $23,515 for community projects that improve, restore or
This announcement is
being made in conjunction with Earth Day, April 22, 2015, to remind consumers
of the vital need to protect our precious resource every day for future
generations. “At Illinois American Water, Earth Day is every day.
Our team works hard to not only provide water for life, but for our
communities to thrive,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.
Water awarded the 2015 Environmental Grants as follows:
- The Stream
Discovery Released in the East program received a $5,000 grant. The
program, which is administered by the National Great River Research and
Education Center in Alton fills a void in today’s education by providing
teachers with tools to engage and educate students about aquatic resources.
Students participate in hands-on stream monitoring and research.
The program will be expanded to include classrooms in the Champaign and
- The Hickory Creek
Watershed Bio-Blitz project received a $2,915 grant to conduct a one-day aquatic assessment where community
volunteers within Hickory Creek watershed will team up with biologists to help
collect and sort macro invertebrate. The species will later be identified
by professional aquatic biologists. More than 100 attendees are expected,
including K-12 students via pre and post-blitz lesson plans.
- The Peoria Art Guild’s Rainwater Revival project
will receive their requested grant of $2,500 in full. The Rainwater
Revival project addresses Peoria’s sewer system overflow concerns. The
Peoria Art Guild will collaborate with area schools to create unique artistic
rain basin collection systems to reduce water fun off in downtown Peoria, raise
awareness and implement an innovative use of water in Peoria.
- The Peoria
Riverfront Museum received a $4,100 grant for an Education Garden project. The
project aims to educate children on the importance of native plants to surface
water protection and river bank erosion. The 1,500 square foot garden
will be used during summer camp, summer classes and programming during the
weekly Riverfront Market on Saturday mornings.
- The City of South
Beloit received a $4,000 grant for the community’s Meet Me at the Confluence 2
project. This the second phase of a project that began last year to
remove invasive species along Turtle Creek. The restoration project
demonstrates the City’s commitment to realizing the vision of the Confluence as
a focus for natural education and restoration of native ecosystems.
- The Conservation
Technology Information Center will receive a $5,000 grant for the Indian Creek
Watershed project which focuses on a farming in watersheds. A series of
success story vignettes will be produced to educate on successful conservation
systems including benefits, data and insight from leading farmers on adopting
priority best practices in real-world situations.
can also make a difference. On Earth Day, customers are reminded that
they can help maintain the quality and supply of drinking water through the
- Be conscious of
daily water use and take the necessary steps to be water smart and help
preserve this precious natural resource.
- Be sure that
leaking pipes and faucets — indoors and outdoors — are repaired.
- Take care in the
use of garden, lawn, garage or other home products and ensure that they
inadvertently do not find their way into groundwater.
- Dispose of
chemicals or other potentially harmful products properly by not pouring them
directly into home drains, the sewer, street drains or the lawn.
- Learn more about
water through the annual local water quality reports. American Water customers
can access their report by zip code on the company’s website at www.illinoisamwater.com under the Water Quality tab.
To learn more about
the Environmental Grant Program, Water Quality and Wise Water Use, please visit