(July 2, 2014) - The McKnight Foundation awarded 83 grants totaling $10,772,000 to 77 organizations in its second-quarter 2014 grantmaking. Information about individual grants is available here.
Of the $10.7 million total approved, $605,000 went to 10 McKnight grantees working to reduce agricultural pollution. Among these, Clean Wisconsin received $100,000 to advance the state's innovative strategy to reduce phosphorous pollution in surface water; Illinois Stewardship Alliance received $100,000 to promote clean-water farming practices in Illinois; Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement received $95,000 to continue its efforts to protect Iowa's water resources from agricultural pollution; and Resource Conservation and Development for Northeast Iowareceived $90,000 to implement an action plan for reducing pollution in the Turkey River Watershed in northeastern Iowa. (All grants described here are for two years.)
"Agricultural pollution in the Mississippi River threatens the river's viability on multiple levels — ecological, economic, and recreational." says Ted Staryk, McKnight's board chair. "We are proud to support organizations like these and many others that use creative strategies and hard work to keep the river clean."
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