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New Jersey American Water Announces Recipients of Environmental Grant Program

Six organizations throughout the state will collectively receive more than $30,000 as the recipients of New Jersey American Water 2011 Environmental Grant Program. The winners of the program are conducting projects that address water source or water shed protection.

A panel of judges from New Jersey American Water chose the following recipients based on criteria such as project goals, project impact, innovation, design, collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement among other requirements.

The 2011 recipients are:

  • The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Farmingdale: the Girl Scouts will expand water education programs in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to provide information on nutrient pollution and to teach girls and their families how to reduce such pollution
  • Sustainable Haddon Heights, Haddon Heights: this project will educate the public on the importance of source water protection and encourage home owners to create rain gardens to reduce storm water runoff
  • The Maplewood Garden Club, Maplewood: grant funds will be used to establish “The Hilton Branch Library Rain Garden,” which will protect the water table from rain runoff and serve as a model for use on private property by residents
  • Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Medford: a project to transform a parking lot into a wetland meadow and to create water conservation projects with students from Taunton Forge Elementary School
  • Mount Holly Environmental Advisory Committee, Mount Holly: the committee will create two rain gardens to improve the water quality of rain runoff from a parking lot into a nearby creek
  • Kiva High School, Tinton Falls: students will create a rain garden and wildlife habitat along with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County

“New Jersey American Water congratulates the recipients of our 2011 Environmental Grant program and we thank them for their sustainability efforts,” said John Bigelow, president of New Jersey American Water. “Through this program, we discover that there are many organizations teaming up across New Jersey with innovative projects to protect our sources of water and help the environment.”

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned 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 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit


New Jersey American Water
Richard G. Barnes, 856-782-2371

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