Pennsylvania American Water announced that seven watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2011 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling approximately $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.
A panel of judges selected the winners from approximately 50 grant applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.
Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2011Environmental Grants to Marywood University (Lackawanna County), Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council (Montgomery County), Pittsburgh Botanic Garden (Allegheny County), Dauphin County Conservation District, Brandywine Valley Association (Chester County), Clarks Summit Shade Tree Commission (Lackawanna County), and Buffalo Creek Watershed Association (Washington County).
“In our seventh year of the Environmental Grant Program, I’m very proud of how we have partnered with so many community groups that share our dedication to the stewardship of Pennsylvania’s water resources,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “The 2011 grant recipients especially deserve our support for their innovative projects to protect our watersheds.”
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council will establish a rainwater harvesting system at the Spring-Ford Intermediate School in Royersford to provide students with hands-on environmental lessons in water conservation with the funding. The proposed system will capture rainwater to operate the schoolyard pond and stream, as well as irrigate the plants in the school’s garden. The project will also serve as a focal point for fifth- and sixth-grade lessons on watersheds, wetlands, sustainability, conservation and water management.