Pennsylvania American Water Helps Reopen Homestead Grays Bridge Community Garden

Mon, Jun 23rd 2008, 10:22. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, PA – June 23 2008. With repairs to the Homestead Grays Bridge completed, the community garden located at 8th Avenue in Homestead has reopened after a two-year hiatus, thanks to the support of Pennsylvania American Water. Their support is helping to fund the Homestead garden and seven other Western Pennsylvania Conservancy community gardens across Western Pennsylvania this year.

“The goal of the community gardens is to enhance and beautify all types of communities by partnering with local residents, corporations and organizations” said Judy Wagner, senior director of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) Community Gardens and Greenspace program. “We are grateful that our long partnership with Pennsylvania American Water has helped us make this vision a reality. Pennsylvania American Water has been an ideal partner by making a long-term commitment to the region’s environment through both its volunteers and its crucial financial support.”

Pennsylvania American Water (PAW) has been a sponsor of WPC’s community garden program since 2000. In addition to the Homestead garden, PAW currently helps to fund two Pittsburgh gardens: Wenzel Avenue & Broadway Avenue in Beechview and Mifflin Road & Interboro Avenue in Lincoln Place. PAW also sponsors WPC gardens at: Brentwood Middle/High School in Brentwood, Route 286 & Indian Springs Road in Indiana County, Hanson Avenue & Route 68 in Butler, Route 40 & Broadway Street in Brownsville and Route 18 & Tyler Avenue in Washington.

"While the aesthetic improvements that these gardens offer our communities is important, we’re equally pleased with their environmental impact," said Deborah P. Lippert, senior director field operations, Pennsylvania American Water. "The green space and run-off prevention measures the gardens offer are important in helping to capture rain water before it enters the storm sewer system."

Youth from Multicultural Young Life, a Christian ministry focused on youth in urban communities, helped to plant the Homestead Bridge community garden and will act as caretakers of the site throughout the season. Volunteer groups from Macy's and the West Mifflin Environmental Club also participated in planting this garden.

Last year, PAW also made a $10,000 environmental grant to WPC to help restore and protect the Shenango River watershed.

WPC’s community gardens have become a signature image of the Western Pennsylvania landscape. Appearing in 140 locations with varied, colorful configurations, the gardens provide a backdrop and enhancement for other cultural and civic assets. WPC coordinates more than 5,000 volunteers and dozens of community organizations and businesses to plant, maintain and support gardens in 19 Western Pennsylvania counties.

Pennsylvania American Water is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 2.1 million people. In addition to its regulated operations, American Water provides operation and maintenance services to an additional 112,000 people in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania American Water is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK). Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs nearly 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15.6 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada.
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For more information regarding Pennsylvania American Water, contact Josephine Posti, External Affairs Specialist, at 724-743-3103.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Conservancy has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 76th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.

Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and supports other community greening projects such as: TreeVitalize, hanging baskets and school grounds greening throughout Western Pennsylvania.



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