New Jersey American Water grants $40,000 in environmental funding to community improvement projects

New Jersey American Water awarded a total of $41,000 to five organizations and community groups within its service areas that are engaged in sustainability projects to improve water source protection or watershed protection.

“At New Jersey American Water, we recognize that people aren’t the only ones who need clean water — the environment depends on it, too,” said Danielle Kearsley, environmental program lead, New Jersey American Water. “That is why we are proud to offer over $40,000 in funding this year to support these innovative projects. By investing in the restoration and protection of our watersheds, we can help preserve our water sources and the life they sustain for years to come.”

The 2022 Environmental Grant Awardees are as follows:

  • Cranford Public Library was awarded $1,000 to establish a Native Seed Library for Union County residents;
  • The Hanson Foundation was awarded $10,000 for its biodiversity project in partnership with Enlightened Farm;
  • Rumson Borough Environmental Commission was awarded $10,000 for its Emerald Necklace Green Infrastructure Project inspired by the Fredrick Law Olmsted’s 200th Anniversary;
  • Somerset County OEM was awarded $10,000 for countywide reforestation efforts using native trees and shrubs to help mitigate flooding from stormwater runoff impacts in the county’s most vulnerable areas;
  • West Orange Township Environmental and Open Space Commission was awarded $10,000 for its “Down Stream to the River: Phase II” project, which will continue the organization’s efforts around river cleanups, restoration and education for the Rahway River and its connecting water bodies.