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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Promote Development of Cuyahoga River Fish Habitat
Fish habitat restoration efforts in the Cuyahoga River shipping channel will receive new attention thanks to a $6,268 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). The grant was awarded to Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) – one of eight Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $239,941 to support environmental education programs.
CUDC will use the money to show property owners and developers in Cleveland’s Flats how they can incorporate new areas of fish habitat into their riverfront projects. CUDC will host a boat tour to highlight 14 shipping channel locations ideally suited for habitat restoration. And, to enhance outreach, KSU landscape architecture students will produce a series of postcards showing what habitat restoration could look like and its benefits.
Collaborating with CUDC on the project are the Cuyahoga River Restoration; OSU Knowlton School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning; and Flats Forward Inc.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters must be submitted by July 10 and completed applications are due July 17. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (614) 644-2873.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.