Grant to expand water education program to Luzerne County schools
SCRANTON, Pa. (DATE, 2016) – Pennsylvania American Water has announced that seven watershed-related projects across the commonwealth will receive financial support through the company’s 2016 Environmental Grant Program, including an environmental education project at Lacawac Sanctuary, Wayne County. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling nearly $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.
A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from nearly 40 applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.
Pennsylvania American Water officials presented Lacawac Sanctuary with a $5,250 grant, which will allow the organization to develop a water resource program for fourth-grade classes in Luzerne County schools that will educate students on the importance of watersheds and how to protect water sources. Lacawac Sanctuary provides students opportunities to learn about the local natural environment and how they can improve conditions for future generations.
In addition to Lacawac Sanctuary, Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2016 Environmental Grants to Armstrong Conservation District (Armstrong County), Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (Butler County), Lehman Sanctuary (Luzerne County), Berks Nature (Berks County), Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper (Union County), and Lawrence County Conservation District.
“Over the years since we launched the Environmental Grant Program, organizations have presented projects and initiatives that are inspiring and made a positive impact on our watersheds,” said Kathy L. Pape, president, Pennsylvania American Water. “We are very proud to support these programs and the people behind them – many of whom are teachers, volunteers and neighbors in our communities.”
Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, which initiated the Environmental Grant Program in 2005 in Pennsylvania to support projects that protect or restore drinking water sources and surrounding watersheds. Since then, American Water has expanded the annual program to many of its state subsidiaries across the nation.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
Photo IDs (L-R): Craig Lukatch, executive director, Lacawac Sanctuary; and Susan Turcmanovich, external affairs manager, Pennsylvania American Water.
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