Since the environmental grant program began in Iowa more than 15 years ago, more than $120,000 has been awarded to projects that improve, restore and protect local watersheds.
Iowa American Water announced Friday that eight local watershed initiatives will be funded through the company’s 2022 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will share grant funds totaling $13,500 for community projects that improve, restore or protect local watersheds, according to a press release.
“Our Environmental Grant Program is designed to help organizations undertake projects that benefit our waterways, raise awareness of the importance of water in our lives, and encourage community participation,” said Randy Moore, President of Iowa American Water. “We are pleased to support these worthwhile endeavors and give our appreciation to the individuals and organizations who make them a reality.”
The funding applications were evaluated by a jury based on criteria such as environmental needs, innovation, social commitment and sustainability. The eight recipients of Iowa American Water’s 2022 Environmental Grant Program are:
- Gateway ImpACT Coalition/Clinton Substance Abuse Councill receives a $3,500 grant for its Vape Disposal Pilot Project – This project will reduce and prevent water pollution by implementing strategies that address improper storage and disposal of electronic cigarettes (vape) by educating the community about them Issues are elucidated, empowered and approaches developed to build consensus and prioritize proper storage/disposal of electronic vapes in Clinton, Iowa.
- Nahant Marsh receives a $2,000 grant for his reforestation project. With the help of volunteers, Nahant Marsh will plant nearly 1,000 trees on 30 acres this year. These trees will be a diverse mix of 15 species that will replace hundreds of dead ash trees killed there by the emerald ash borer and silver maple that were killed during the 2019 flood.
- Keep Scott County Beautiful/XStream Cleanup receives a $2,000 stipend to redeliver the voluntary clean-up materials. XStream Cleanup (XC) will use the grant funds to purchase cleaning supplies, specifically trash bags, which are used by more than 1,000 XC volunteers each year. This purchase is for a multi-year supply of bags, allowing XC volunteers to continue their watershed clean-up efforts for years to come.
- Davenport Parks & Recreation receives a $1,500 grant for his Vander Veer Park Stone Bridge Landscape Project. Horticulture workers plan to improve a problem area near the stone bridge on the east side of the park. The southwest quadrant of the park drains through this area, leaving a constant wet area. Vander Veer plans to plant a variety of native plants to absorb and purify the rainwater.
- Friends of Fairmount Cemetery receives a $1,500 grant for his restoration of Scott County’s Original Prairie Project. Fairmount Cemetery in southwest Davenport is home to the largest remaining (original) prairie in Scott County. The 20-acre prairie/savanna is home to more than 140 plants but is overgrown by invasive trees and scrub. This project will allow Fairmount to improve biodiversity by removing these invasive plants.
- City of Blue Grass receives a $1,000 grant for its Safety Trail Watershed Enhancement Project. This project will improve and clean up an existing drainage area of concern prior to construction of the Blue Grass Trail. The project includes the installation of a new drainage plate that will allow drainage and drainage of underground water to an existing culvert. This will improve the entire 10.4 acres so they can drain properly. The area will be seeded and fertilized once the drainage tile is installed, facilitating drainage and making the path safe for children commuting to/from primary school.
- Partners with Scott County Watersheds receives a $1,000 grant for his Crow Creek Wildlife Management Area Improvement Project. Partners from Scott County Watersheds and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are working together to improve the sustainability of the Crow Creek Wildlife Management Area with an established boat ramp, trail improvements, educational signage and hillside stabilization. The purpose of these additional and improved facilities is to improve local water quality and make the site safer and more sustainable for current and future use.
- River Action, Inc. receives a $1,000 grant to fund grants for FEMA’s Community Rating System Program. An Augustana College student receives thorough FEMA training (at the FEMA National Emergency Training Center) in floodplain management and FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS), as well as local mentorship with the goal of increasing community participation in the CRS program. The trainee’s formal and practical experience will be applied in communities to submit CRS applications which, when evaluated, reduce flood insurance costs, include measures to improve flood management and allow them to apply for FEMA grants.
About Iowa American Water
Iowa American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing quality and reliable water services to approximately 213,000 people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded water and wastewater company in the United States. The company employs approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals providing regulated and regulated drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides our customers with safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to keep their lives moving. More information can be found here.