Illinois American Water has announced six watershed initiatives across the state will receive funding through the company’s 2012 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling $25,776 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. There are two grants awarded local, in Alton and in Grafton.
Karen Cotton, Illinois American Water spokesman, says $3,000 has been given to the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (pictured) to provide educators with activities, curriculum guide and tools for participating in The Mississippi River XChange program
Also receiving a grant is Living Lands and Waters, which will receive its requested $1,500 grant in full for the Great Mississippi River Clean Up on September 15 from the Grafton boat launch. They hope remove approximately four tons of debris from the river with the help of volunteers.