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Grant to assist with bike trail system

Pennsylvania American Water isn’t just about keeping the water flowing.

The American Water Charitable Foundation — a nonprofit entity of American Water, which is the parent of Pennsylvania American Water — has announced more than $150,000 in grants to nine projects in seven states through its Keep Communities Flowing program.

One of those projects is the Trails at Jakes Rocks.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation is proud to support communities served by American Water through the Keep Communities Flowing grant program,” American Water Charitable Foundation President Carrie Williams said. “Through this competitive grant program, we focus on high-impact projects and initiatives that engage the community in water-based education, the environment, and community sustainability to empower communities to be strong, vibrant, healthy and environmentally friendly.”

“Celebrating its third year, the Keep Communities Flowing grant program provides grants up to $20,000 to support 501(c)(3) public charities whose program or project connects to one or more of American Water’s core focus areas of Water and the Environment, Water and Healthy Living, Environmental Education, and Community Sustainability,” according to a release from American Water. “During the last three years, the Keep Communities Flowing grant program has funded 32 projects totaling $456,000 in communities served by American Water.”

“Warren County Development Association, Warren County, PA, received $15,000 to enhance a 30-mile bike trail system, encouraging outdoor recreation while boosting tourism in an economically distressed community,” according to the American Water release.

“We are extremely grateful to the American Water Charitable Foundation for their support of the trail system,” Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Director of Chamber Operations and Tourism John Papalia said. “This support will allow us to continue to improve the system, attract visitors to Warren County, and improve the quality of life here in Warren County which is essential to building and maintaining a healthy and happy community.”

“We are very fortunate to have the American Water Charitable Foundation’s support of our system, and we are very thankful for the continued support our community receives from our friends and partners at PA American water to help improve our community,” Papalia said.

“Grantees for this program required a local American Water sponsor and were selected based on criteria including clarity of project goals and projected impact, innovation and strength of project, and evidence of community and volunteer engagement,” according to the American Water release.

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