Apr 21 2011

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SWEPCO committed to protecting the environment

Friday, April 22, marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. Activities during this time each year remind us of the need for protecting our earth and practicing environmental consciousness in all aspects of life.
“AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) commitment to environmental quality is a strong and ongoing one,” says Brian Bond, SWEPCO Vice President, External Affairs.
Below are some examples of SWEPCO’s actions, both required and voluntary, which have contributed to the protection or enhancement of the environment.
• SWEPCO informs people living in the five county region of Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith and Upshur of Ozone Action Days through its WEATHERLINE service. By calling 903-234-1000, residents hear the days’ forecast and can plan accordingly for ozone action awareness.
• Working with the Nature Conservancy to conserve rare or critical habitat, SWEPCO is a supporter of the Black Bayou project, located in the northwest corner of Louisiana. This site contains five miles of spring-fed streams with a diverse habitat prime for preservation, including the globally rare Arkansas oak.
• With strong community partnerships, SWEPCO built an eagle and wildlife observation pavilion and nature area at the Flint Creek Power Plant near Gentry in Northwest Arkansas. Over 2,000 people visit the viewing area annually. The company launched a facebook page this week on the nature trail; it can be found at www.facebook.com/SWEPCOEagleWatch. Flint Creek and the Eagle Watch Nature Trail have been recognized by many organizations, including designation as an “Important Bird Area” by Audubon Arkansas. It also is certified on the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Corporate Lands for Learning and Wildlife at Work programs.
• In November, 2010, the AEP Foundation gave a $200,000 grant to the Illinois River Watershed Partnership in Arkansas to fund a public education and outreach campaign on watershed management. SWEPCO’s Flint Creek Power Plant is located on Little Flint Creek, a tributary of Flint Creek and the Illinois River. SWEPCO Lake, the 500-acre cooling reservoir for the plant, is part of the watershed.

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