For the past 13 years, Southern Company has supported community-based restoration efforts of coastal, wetland and stream-side ecosystems through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program.
The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program provides financial and technical assistance through a competitive grant process to local partnerships with a focus on urban waters and watersheds. The program emphasizes results-based collaboration with diverse partners, including environmental groups, public agencies, non-governmental organizations, landowners, schools, businesses and other stakeholders.
Last week, the Southern Company environmental stewardship team along with members of NFWF visited previous grant recipients in the coastal Georgia area as well as got the chance to discuss the grant slate for 2019.
Since 2006, Southern Company has helped fund 128 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grants, resulting in an on-the-ground conservation impact of over $14 million, which has aided in the restoration of over 1,300 acres and nearly 138,000 feet of streamside buffer in communities we are privileged to serve.
After visiting these projects, it has reinforced where Southern Company stands on being “A Citizen Wherever We Serve.” We are committed to leaving the communities we serve in better shape, because we are there.