Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. has been awarded $3,000 through Indiana American Water’s 2017 Environmental Grant Program.
Established in 2005, the program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies. Several grants for a combined total of about $10,000 will be awarded in 2017.
HAND will use the funding to pay for underwater aerators to improve the water quality at its Spicewood Gardens pond in Sheridan. Aggressive algae growth is preventing sunlight from penetrating the water, keeping underwater plants from producing needed oxygen through photosynthesis. Better water circulation will discourage algae growth and reduce mosquito breeding in the pond.
Once the water-quality improves, the pond could function as a recreational amenity for Spicewood residents and the community. Built in three phases, Spicewood Gardens provides 60 affordable two-bedroom apartments for seniors. It is one of six HAND properties in Hamilton County.
Founded in 2003, HAND works to ensure that Hamilton County remains livable, with homes that are affordable for all residents. In addition to developing a total of 96 apartments, HAND helps low-income homeowners make critical repairs to their homes. The organization has invested nearly $17 million in Hamilton County housing.
Indiana American Water’s Ryan Smith, Noblesville Operations Superintendent, and Doug Brock, Vice President of Operations, present a ceremonial check to HAND Executive Director Jennifer Miller (center) and Program Manager Rebekah Wood.