American Water Works Co. Inc. said today that it has awarded more than $114,000 through its Environmental Grant Program.
The grant program, started in 2005, provides money for community-based projects enhancing watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in the company service areas.
Locally, the recipients are:
Cumberland County Recycling & Waste Authority received $4,000 to support the pharmaceutical collection and disposal event for Cumberland County residents. The project offers a disposal option for unwanted and expired medications.
Everhart Museum, Lackawanna County was awarded $7,500. The grant will initiate an educational program for children to provide a hands-on study at the museum and nearby Nay Aug Park on stream biodiversity, water well-being, horticulture and personal impact through reducing, reusing and recycling
California University of Pennsylvania, Washington County was awarded $4,000 for baseline research of the waters of the Pike Run watershed. The work will become part of coursework in the university's College of Science and Technology.
Montgomery County Department of Parks & Heritage Services was awarded $6,500 to help support "Mowing to Meadows" in Norristown Farm Park to protect the Stony Creek watershed. An abandoned five-acre ball field that lies in the floodplain will be converted into a naturalized meadow; the benefits will include reduced greenhouse gases from less-frequent mowing.
Abrahams Creek Watershed Association, Luzerne County received $5,000 to expand efforts to improve water quality, control runoff and prevent creek degradation by restoring riparian buffers along several tributaries within the Abrahams Creek watershed.
South Park Township, Allegheny County was awarded $1,125 for tools to be used by volunteers performing the fall 2009 clean up along the Piney Fork and Peters Creeks, as well as help fund the tire and trash disposal.
Berks County Solid Waste Authority received a grant for $3,000 to expand its pharmaceutical collection and disposal activities and education program.
Borough of Pen Argyl, Northampton County, was awarded $737 to assist with volunteer efforts to apply markers to approximately 280 storm water basins.
Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, received $1,000 so that volunteers can apply markers to about 600 storm drains to help discourage residents from dumping improper materials into storm sewers.