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Missouri American Water Wildlife Biodiversity Project Shows Signs of Success

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Eagle Platform Serving as Nesting Area for Red-Tail Hawk

ST. JOSEPH, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A project designed to improve wildlife biodiversity on local property owned by Missouri American Water is showing the first signs of success.

Red-Tail Hawk on Nesting Platform. (Photo: Portraits by Long in St. Joseph, MO)

Red-Tail Hawk on Nesting Platform. (Photo: Portraits by Long in St. Joseph, MO)

In July of 2009, Missouri American Water, in cooperation with Kansas City Power and Light and the Wathena Boy Scout Troop #144, dedicated an eagle’s nest platform. The platform was constructed by the Boy Scout troop and installed on a utility pole donated and erected by Kansas City Power and Light.

There is currently a red-tail hawk nesting on the platform. According to Walt Crawford, founder and executive director of the World Bird Sanctuary, this is a prelude to the platform possibly being used by an eagle. “Eagles sometimes wait until the platform has been used by another species,” said Crawford. “Then the materials left behind will be used by the eagle in constructing their nests.”

“The bald eagle is our nation’s symbol and requires a clean environment to live and thrive,” said Michael Wood, northwest operations manager. “This use of the platform is an indicator that we can one day directly contribute to ensuring the survival of the species for future generations.”

Missouri American Water has been working with the World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) headquartered in St. Louis for the past four years to improve biodiversity on company owned properties throughout the state. In addition, WBS has conducted species counts to provide inventory of the various bird species using the local properties as part of Missouri American Water’s ongoing environmental stewardship program.

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.

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