Children engaging with the EnviroScape Watershed Model

Nature at the Confluence is pleased to announce that we have received a $1,000 Illinois American Water’s 2022 Environmental Grant to purchase an EnviroScape Model to strengthen our watershed-focused educational programming for K-12 students, scouts, adults and families.

The EnviroScape is an interactive and portable tabletop educational tool that demonstrates how residential, recreational, agricultural, industrial and transportation areas are possible sources of water pollution in the environment.  This great educational tool will allow us to engage and educate children and adults at schools, public events and at our learning center.  

Nature At The Confluence is surrounded by Kelly Creek, Turtle Creek and the Rock River…all waters that are heavily impacted by urban and agricultural pollution. And, as the visitor center for the Rock River Trail, we are uniquely positioned to work to make a positive impact on our Rock River Watershed. 

Illinois American Water President Justin Ladner said that more than $290,000 will have been contributed to 90 projects dedicated to water source protection and environmental projects since 2009 via Illinois American Water’s Environmental Grant Program. “These organizations play an important role in environmental stewardship in our communities every day, not just Earth Day,” Ladner said. “By providing critical funding and collaboration, we can further support environmental and sustainable partnerships to enhance our watersheds.”

For 2022 Illinois American Water has awarded environmental grants for eight watershed initiatives across Illinois. The environmental grant recipients will receive a share of funds totaling $25,672 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.