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Great River Greening Receives $100,000 Grant from RBC Blue Water ProjectTM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (October 25, 2011) – Announced today, St. Paul-based Great River Greening has been selected to receive a $100,000 leadership grant from the RBC Blue Water Project. The grant, which will be distributed over a three-year span, will support Great River Greening’s strategic desire to grow geographically across the state and elevate conservation outcomes relative to Minnesota’s water quality. Specifically, the grant will be used to improve water quality in five targeted watersheds in Minnesota, including Rum River, Seven-Mile Creek, and Cedar Creek.

“The $100,000 leadership grant will certainly make a huge impact on our work to protect and preserve our natural environment,” said Deborah Karasov, executive director of Great River Greening. “Our organization thrives because of the partnerships with companies such as RBC, who remain committed to environmental initiatives regardless of economic climate.”

Now in its fourth year, the RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging, multi-year program helping to foster a culture of water stewardship in North America and abroad, so that people have clean fresh water today and tomorrow. Since 2007, the program has committed more than $28 million in single and multi-year grants to over 380 organizations.

RBC’s partnership with Great Water Greening is a natural fit because the organization’s focus in locations and on activities that offer conservation impact, ecosystem services and community benefits.

"We know that industry, government, business and individuals can all play a part in watershed protection,” said John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management-US. "We are thrilled to help Great River Greening contribute to a culture of water stewardship across Minnesota."

About Great River Greening
Great River Greening is a non-profit environmental organization that leads and supports community-based restoration of forests, prairies and waters. Founded in 1995 in Saint Paul, the organization is growing statewide, engaging nearly 25,000 volunteers in projects on both public and private land that conserve critical land habitat and affect water quality. By mobilizing and educating citizens to restore woods, prairies, and other natural resources in their communities, the organization is building a community of individuals who will be good stewards of these natural areas in the future. For more information, visit (external link - opens new window).

About RBC
RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC. Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name of RBC. It is Canada’s largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization and one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC employs approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients throughout offices in Canada, the U.S. and 36 other countries. For more information on the RBC Blue Water Project, as well as grant guidelines and online applications, visit

Media Contacts
Deborah Karasov, Great River Greening, 651-665-9500 ext. 14,
Jonell Lundquist, RBC, 612-371-2239,

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