JOPLIN, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Missouri American Water today announced that five watershed-related projects received a total of over $16,000 in the company’s annual Environmental Grant Program.
These grants are part of American Water’s national Environmental Grant Program, which began in 2005. In 2010, American Water’s Environmental Grant Program provided grants totaling more than $128,000 to help support 32 projects in eight states. Last year, on the state level, Missouri American Water awarded $12,000 to four projects in the state.
The 2011 grant recipients are:
- Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, $5000 for efforts to cleanup of the Otoe Creek Watershed.
- Missouri River Relief, Columbia, $3000 for the week-long “Big Muddy Clean Sweep” effort to clean-up the Missouri River in Jefferson City.
- Johnson County, Warrensburg, $5000 for a county-wide household hazardous waste clean-up that has collected an average of 25 tons of hazardous waste in the past 11 years.
- The Open Space Council, St. Louis, $3000 for development of a Lower Meramec River Trail Guide to be distributed to residents and also those using the river for recreation.
“The environmental grant program allows our company to partner with organizations that work to improve, restore and protect the watersheds in the communities we serve,” said Frank Kartmann, president of Missouri American Water. “As the water provider for ten operating districts in Missouri, these projects are critical to sustaining and improving the environment and can have a direct impact on sources of drinking water source quality.”
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest publicly traded water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 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 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit www.amwater125.com.