From: Alabama Power;
Four waterway restoration projects in Jefferson, Mobile and Pike counties are receiving grants as part of the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program.
The awards leverage more than $1.5 million in partner funding and in-kind services for stream bank and coastal restoration.
"These projects are successful because they are based on partnerships among conservation groups, businesses, schools, landowners and many others," said Matt Bowden, Alabama Power's vice president of Environmental Affairs. "Since joining the partnership in 2006, more than 20 projects in Alabama have restored more than 100 acres of wetlands and 6,000 feet of creek and stream bank."
Alabama Power participates in the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program as part of Southern Company's partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Association of Counties and the Wildlife Habitat Council.
This year, Southern Company, the regional lead corporate sponsor of the program, is providing $202,439 to 11 projects that, combined with project and partner matching funds and in-kind services, will result in an impact of nearly $3.5 million.
"With the help of public, private and corporate funders, the Five Star and Urban Waters program supports dynamic conservation work across the country," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. "These grants not only protect and restore the places that fish and wildlife need, but also enhance natural amenities for the entire community."
Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), provides affordable, reliable power to more than 1.4 million customers across the state. Alabama Power employee volunteers work across the state on environmental stewardship projects designed to protect and enhance the state's important habitats and natural beauty.
To learn more about Alabama Power's environmental commitment, please visit www.alabamapower.com and click on "Environment."
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