VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New Jersey American Water will award more than $36,000 to six green projects/organizations who are the recipients of the company’s 2015 Environmental Grant Program. The grant winners have projects underway that address water source or watershed protection.
A panel of judges from New Jersey American Water chose the following recipients based on criteria such as project goals, project impact, innovation, design, collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement among other requirements:
Central Jersey Stream Team (Old Bridge) will perform several cleanups of refuse in and along the Raritan River, from Branchburg to Bound Brook.
Great Swamp Watershed Association (New Vernon) will conduct an environmental education program to bring awareness to community members as to their proximity within the watershed, identify their drinking water and wastewater inflow and outflow sites, and how storm water runoff impacts local water supply.
Kean University (Union) will restore and improve water source protection for the Manasquan River in Monmouth County by conducting worships and river bank stabilization projects with local high school students along with the New Jersey Water Supply Authority.
Mt. Holly Environmental Commission (Mt. Holly) plans to replace turf grass with native grasses and plants in four naturalized detention basins. The project aims to protect the Rancocas Creek through effective storm water runoff.
New Jersey Tree Foundation (Camden) will partner with the Camden City School District to install an urban reforestation and environmental education project. The program will plant approximately 30 trees and remove 160 square feet of concrete to help remove pollutants from more than 7,500 gallons of storm water. In addition, more than 100 East Camden students will learn about urban forestry and storm water management.
Poricy Park Conservancy (Middletown) will install erosion control measures along the embankments of Murray Pond and work to increase awareness of the importance of watershed protection.
New Jersey American Water’s Environmental Grant Program provides funding to organizations engaged in activities that improve a community's water supply or improve, restore or protect watersheds, or promote water conservation. Such projects may include wildlife habitat improvement, storm water management, wellhead protection initiatives, watershed cleanups, rain garden projects, and water conservation or reforestation efforts. Since it began in 2009, New Jersey American Water’s Environmental Grant Program has now provided nearly $200,000 in grants to notable green projects.
New Jersey 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 2.6 million people. 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 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 40 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.