JOPLIN, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Missouri American Water today announced that six watershed-related projects received funding from the company’s annual Environmental Grant Program.
These grants are part of American Water’s national Environmental Grant Program, which began in 2005. In 2011, American Water’s Environmental Grant Program provided grants to 35 projects throughout the states where the company has operations.
The 2012 grant recipients are:
- Chariton County Community Foundation, Brunswick, $5000 for installation of eight rain gardens in the downtown Brunswick courtyard project to prevent run-off into the Grand River.
- Missouri Rural Water Association, Ashland, $4680 the creation of drug drop-off points throughout the state with funds focused primarily on education and publicity materials for 21 events.
- Mexico Parks and Recreation, Mexico, $3800 for construction of a run-off detention rain garden as part of a joint project between the YMCAS and the City of Mexico.
- St. Joseph Youth Alliance, St. Joseph, $2000 for development of a multi-faceted plan to improve and promote water quality in the Otoe Creek watershed.
- Keysor School, Kirkwood, $3000 for the construction of rain gardens in an outdoor learning center for the purpose of watershed protection.
- The Alliance of Southwest Missouri, Joplin, $4500 for the purchase of a cyclonic incinerator to be used for prescription drug take-back events.
“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 several 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 investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and 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 approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states,and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.