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Front Page - Friday, July 12, 2019

Tennessee American Water awards environmental grant to East Ridge

Tennessee American Water has awarded the City of East Ridge an environmental grant for maintenance of Spring and South Chickamauga creeks. - Photograph provided

Supporting local organizations that address a watershed or source water protection need, Tennessee American Water has awarded East Ridge an environmental grant. The project consists of the removal of debris from the Spring and South Chickamauga creeks and bank stabilization to prevent erosion.

“Our environmental focus includes assisting residents and organizations involved in caring for our natural resources,” says Tennessee American Water President Darlene Williams. “We believe all of us play a part in protecting our most precious resource – water.”

Since 2012, Tennessee American Water has offered the environmental grant program to support the watershed initiatives of various organizations and municipalities. In 2019, Tennessee American Water has awarded $10,000 through its environmental grant program for five projects, including East Ridge.

The other 2019 recipients are:

Lookout Mountain Conservancy - The Howard School’s ninth grade environmental science class uses LMC’s property as an outdoor classroom. Student work on projects at the conservancy contribute to watershed protection.

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 over 800 volunteers from Bradley, Hamilton and 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.

Source: Tennessee American Water