PLAINFIELD - Indiana nonprofit environmental organizations will benefit from grants from the Duke Energy Foundation. Ten organizations will receive $154,577 to improve the state's environment.

“We understand the importance of maintaining a commitment to environmental responsibility in our communities,” said Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Duke Energy Indiana state president. “That’s why we work with a number of stakeholders to develop initiatives that lessen the impact of energy production on surrounding habitats.”

Organizations receiving grants:

  • Sycamore Land Trust Beanblossom Bottoms nature preserve trail project in Monroe County - $27,500 -  to make the trail more accessible to visitors with disabilities
  • Indiana Forest Alliance in Jackson County - $15,000 -  to enhance an aquatic salamander habitat in Indian Creek and the Blue River
  • Wabash River Enhancement Corporation in Tippecanoe County - $24,077 -  to purchase supplies for water sampling on the Wabash River
  • Blue River Community Foundation in Shelby County - $11,000 -  to help build two canoe access ramps to the river
  • Indiana Natural Resources Foundation in Greene County - $20,000 -  to help fund interpretive exhibits in the Goose Pond fish and wildlife area
  • Jeffersonville Township Public Library in Clark County - $15,000 - to help pay for a rain garden landscape project at the library’s Clarksville branch
  • Indiana Wildlife Federation in Vigo County - $15,000 -  to help fund ongoing restoration efforts at Lake Le Fer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District in Owen County - $7,500 -  for the MYPath ecological restoration project
  • Vermillion Trails Alliance in Vermillion County - $5,000 -  to help fund the Trail Head Park
  • Hamilton County Parks and Recreation in Hamilton County - $14,500 -  toward a mobile environment and nature education trailer