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American Water Charitable Foundation and New Jersey American Water provide $40,000 to Upstream Alliance to support Camden County youth in the search for the Cooper River Expedition

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CAMDEN, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created by American Water, the largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company in the United States, and New Jersey American Water, today announced a combined $40,000 contribution to the Upstream Alliance to support Camden County youth in the search for the Cooper River Expedition.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation was thrilled to partner with the Upstream Alliance to support a six-day expedition and film on the Cooper River, and to help provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a diverse group of local students” said Carrie Williams, president of American Charitable Water Foundation. “This partnership reinforces our passion for clean water and environmental education and also supports our commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity as we continue to have a positive impact in the communities we are privileged to serve. to serve.”

With funding from the Foundation and New Jersey American Water, Upstream Alliance was able to send a diverse group of students, led by Camden County Parks Superintendent Maggie McCann and National Geographic science photographer Anand Varma, to explore the length of the Cooper River earlier this year.

“The Cooper River is Camden’s biggest secret. This six-day expedition was able to shine a light on the river, a lush waterway full of wildlife, building support for this hidden gem,” said Don Baugh, President of Upstream Alliance. “We are grateful to the American Water Charitable Foundation and New Jersey American Water for their support of this expedition and their dedication to clean water, environmental education and environmental justice.”

Upstream Alliance connects people to nature through water experiences, conservation, and environmental education programs, partnering with organizations that also champion similar initiatives.

“New Jersey American Water was thrilled to partner with the Upstream Alliance to help provide an exclusive educational experience for young people in Camden County,” said Mark McDonough, president of New Jersey American Water. “We are committed to supporting and maintaining strong partnerships with local organizations that promote environmental education and equity so that we can continue to make our communities a better place to live and work for our customers and employees.

The film, Look for the Cooper, a river hidden in plain sight, premiered October 17, 2022 at Camden County Boathouse. It recounts the expedition, trials, tribulations and triumphs as it tells the story of a hidden gem that has now been discovered, for the first time in recorded history. The film was produced by Sandy Cannon-Brown with videography by Dave Harp. It will be screened at several upcoming film festivals and will serve as an educational resource for K-12 schools.

About the American Charitable Water Foundation

The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. For more information, visit amwater.com/awcf and follow the American Water Charitable Foundation on Facebook.

About New Jersey American Water

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing reliable, high-quality water and sanitation services to about 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About US Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is America’s largest and most geographically diverse water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and similar drinking water and sanitation services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help them get on with their lives. For more information, visit amwater.com and diversityataw.com. Follow American Water on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About the Upstream Alliance

Upstream Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to nature. Upstream Alliance’s mission is to deliver powerful water experiences to conservation leaders who can improve public access, clean water, and coastal resilience, while partnering with organizations that advocate for these issues.