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Tennessee River Gorge Trust Receives 2022 American Water Charitable Foundation Water and Environmental Grant

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust announced that it has been awarded a 2022 American Water Charitable Foundation Water and Environmental Grant, focused on conservation, education, and community engagement around the newly formed Aetna Mountain bogs. acquired.

“The Aetna Mountain bogs represent an increasingly rare habitat for a variety of endangered plants and animals,” officials said. “Through wise management, TRGT can ensure that peatlands continue to thrive for generations to come. Grant funds will help establish long-term scientific monitoring stations in peatlands in partnership with the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative.

This information will be directly used to guide TRGT’s management of this rare and ecologically sensitive ecosystem. The grant will also help create a series of online environmental education videos about peatlands and support TRGT’s water quality monitoring program which engages community volunteers to monitor waterways and wetlands. .”

“We are grateful to the American Water Charitable Foundation for this grant to continue our commitment to using research to inform our forest management,” said Rick Huffines, executive director of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. “Mountain peatlands are an incredible micro-ecosystem and contain a collection of rare and endangered species. We look forward to working with the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative and our community to conserve these rare mountain bogs.

“The Water and Environment Grant is part of the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing grant program. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization created by American Water, the world’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utilities in the United States, and aims to support high-impact projects and initiatives that reinforce American Water’s commitment to supporting ESG (environment, social and governance ), as well as inclusion, diversity and equity,” officials said.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation is committed to participating in and investing in programs that benefit the communities served by American Water,” said Carrie Williams, president of the American Water Charitable Foundation. “We are proud to continue American Water’s ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor and steward of the environment.”