Supporting local organizations who address a watershed or source water protection need, Tennessee American Water has awarded the city of East Ridge a $2,000 environmental grant. The project consists of removal of debris from the Spring and South Chickamauga Creeks and bank stabilization to prevent erosion.
“We are pleased to support the city of East Ridge in bringing the community together to protect our creeks,” said Tennessee American Water President Darlene Williams. “One of our key values is environmental leadership, and our environmental focus includes assisting residents and organizations involved in caring for natural resources. We believe all of us play a part in protecting our most precious resource of water.”
Since 2012, Tennessee American Water has offered the environmental grant program to support organizations and municipalities watershed initiatives. In 2019, Tennessee American Water has awarded a total of $10,000 through its environmental grant program for five projects, including the city of East Ridge.
Other 2019 recipients are:
Lookout Mountain Conservancy - Through an internship program with The Howard School, 9th grade Environmental Science class uses LMC's property as an outdoor classroom for making learning real and active. Students work on projects at the Conservancy that contributes to watershed protection. The students also participate in Howard School’s Leadership & Intern Program.
Waterways will launch Stream Team at Red Bank Middle School and provide environmental engineering training at Red Bank High School as students design and implement stream restoration techniques learned from experts.
Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will support 20 zones and over 800 volunteers from Bradley, Hamilton, Marion counties working together to clean the banks of the Tennessee River during the annual Tennessee River Rescue.
Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga will hold a two-day watershed clean up to remove 2,000 pounds of trash. At least 30 youths will engage in environmental education related to pollution, clean water and local wildlife.