Dominion Energy and the non-profit Western Reserve Land Conservancy awarded $37,500 in grant funding Oct. 3 to 17 Ohio watershed groups, including Friends of Hudson Parks and Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners.

Friends of Hudson Parks received $2,500 to complete a steam restoration project on a portion of Tinkers Creek headwater stream at Darrow Road Park. Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners received $2,500 to support the collection of quality data in the creek to track trends, prioritize projects and tell a compelling story about the watershed.

Dominion Energy and Western Reserve Land Conservancy launched the Watershed Mini Grant Program in 2015 to serve organizations working to protect and improve land around rivers, lakes and streams throughout Ohio. Since the program’s inception in 2015, more than $142,000 has been awarded to 38 different watershed groups across the state. The Watershed Mini Grant Award Ceremony and Healthy Watershed Summit took place at the Land Conservancy’s Conservation Center.

"We are extremely grateful to partner with Dominion Energy to support the important and innovative work of watershed groups working to protect and improve land around rivers, lakes and streams throughout Ohio," said Rich Cochran, president and CEO of the Land Conservancy. "These groups are critical to protecting the health of our freshwater resources."

"Dominion Energy is proud to partner with Western Reserve Land Conservancy for its fourth annual Watershed Mini Grants Program," said Julie Pischulla, general manager of Design Construction & Capital Planning for Dominion Energy. "It’s a privilege to support and learn about some of the amazing environmental initiatives that are happening throughout the state of Ohio. 

"We congratulate all of the award winning watershed organizations across our territory and believe it is our duty to recognize such outstanding grassroots efforts through our environmental and community service commitments."

Dominion Energy, headquartered in Richmond, Va., is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion Energy. 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The conservancy has preserved natural areas and working farms in 20 counties in northern and eastern Ohio; its urban program, Thriving Communities, works statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated by the foreclosure crisis.