The Town of Davidson to Restore Stream behind Davidson Elementary School with $90,000+ Grant from Duke Energy

The Town of Davidson is pleased to announce the receipt of a $91,817 grant to stabilize the stream behind Davidson Elementary School on South Street. The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million commitment from Duke Energy.
The Town of Davidson is one of 14 organizations across North and South Carolina to collectively receive more than $1 million in the fifth grant announcement. The Water Resources Fund is a multi-year commitment that will leave a legacy of improved water quality, quantity and conservation in the Carolinas and neighboring regions.
Work will include the protection of existing habitat along the Davidson Elementary School eco-trail and improvement of water quality by reducing sediment pollution downstream. We will also stabilize substantial erosion along the South Prong West Branch of the Rocky River due to a significant drop in the stream.
“We thank Duke Energy for its support and Davidson College for their partnership,” said Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright. “We are eager to launch this stream restoration project so that we can make it safer for our children, and make the area behind Davidson Elementary School accessible for all to enjoy.”
“Duke Energy is closely connected to the rivers and waterways that power our regional economies,” said David Fountain, president of Duke Energy in North Carolina. “These waterways are valued resources we strive to protect and restore. We look forward to our partnership with [organization] and the impact this grant will have in [insert state or region].”
Investment decisions are carefully reviewed by the Water Resources Fund committee, an independent body that includes five environmental experts and two Duke Energy employees. Selected projects are chosen on several criteria, including whether the project is science-based and research-supported.
Duke Energy anticipates two grant announcements per year over the course of the Water Resources Fund. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for more information on how to apply and register for the session. 

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Mike Hughes, vice president of NC government and community relations, Duke Energy (right) presents grant award to Town of Davidson Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright (left)

About Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.


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