Watershed Projects Receive Environmental Grant

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 18, 2013) – West Virginia American Water announced that seven watershed initiatives in Boone, Braxton, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Raleigh counties have earned financial support through the company’s 2013 Environmental Grant Program. This second annual program
offers funding for innovative, community-based collaborative environmental projects within the company’s service area that improve, restore or protect
watersheds, surface water or groundwater supplies.


A panel of judges selected this year’s winners from multiple grant applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability. West Virginia American
Water awarded a total of $10,100 to the following projects:

· Coal River Group, serving Kanawha and Lincoln counties, is outfitting the Coal River Science & Education Center’s new water lab with scientific equipment to evaluate the water quality of the Coal
Rivers. The group will use this lab to engage local universi students and school groups in river and stream monitoring. The company awarded funding for lab and monitoring equipment.

· Davis Creek Watershed Association, based in Charleston, plans to hold
a Watershed Appreciation Day to promote watershed education among
area residents. The company awarded funding for a hands-on watershed
model learning tool as well as outreach materials.

· Mountain State Clean Streams holds the annual Elk River Cleanup along a 26-mile stretch of the Elk River in Braxton County, removing tons
of debris and thousands of tires from the waterway. The company awarded funding for kayaks to aid volunteers in the collection and
cleanup process.

· Southern Appalachian Labor School in Fayette County is planning a drug take-back event in coordination with local social service
providers and law enforcement for the rural Loop Creek area. The grant covers the cost of advertising, disposal containers and water
testing.

· Morris Creek Watershed Association, based in Montgomery servin Fayette and Kanawha counties, continues to expand its water
monitoring education project that engages students from elementary school through college. The company awarded funding for pH.,
conductivity and temperature probes, as well as a flow meter.

· National Committee for the New River is working to help communities in the Lower New River Gorge area develop comprehensive storm water
management programs. The grant helps offset the program’s costs related to outreach materials and a storm water hotline.

· West Virginia Rivers Coalition partners with other environmental organizations to offer watershed learning stations for children in
Fayette, Nicholas and Greenbrier counties. The company awarded funding for an educational portable water source demonstration model
for use at these learning stations.

“Each one of these seven organizations is making a difference in their communities, and we are very proud to partner with them on these important
watershed improvement projects”, said Jeff McIntyre, President of West Virginia American Water. “These grant recipients deserve our support since
their projects protect and improve the watersheds that ultimately flow into the waterways that provide the source of our drinking water”.

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