Four watershed projects in Kanawha, Boone and Fayette counties will receive financial support through West Virginia American Water's 2012 Environmental Grant Program.
The grant-winning projects were selected from a field of 12 applicants on the basis of community need, innovation, community participation and sustainability.
A total of $5,000 was awarded to:
• Coal River Group, St. Albans, to buy canoes for use in four annual river cleanups including its Paddle to Tire project, involving the removal of approximately 4,000 tires from the watershed using boats to carry them to collection points.
• Morris Creek Watershed Association, Montgomery, to support its water monitoring, data collection and educational outreach activities along Morris Creek, a once-dead Kanawha River Tributary that now supports a trout fishery.
• Paint Creek Watershed Association, Hansford, to pay for limestone fines to neutralize heavy metal contamination in Tenmile Fork, a Paint Creek tributary.• Plateau Action Network, Fayetteville, for its Wolf Creek Stream Restoration Project involving stream habitat and drainage improvements in the headwaters of Wolf Creek, a New River tributary.