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Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant To Fayette SWCD for Learning Project
Ohio EPA has awarded a $5,000 environmental education mini grant to the Fayette Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for a city farm riparian zone educational project. Nine projects throughout the state were funded for $35,192.
The grant will provide seeds, tree protectors and educational signs for a riparian (streamside) re-vegetation/protection zone along Paint Creek to reduce nutrient loadings upstream from the city of Washington Court House’s drinking water treatment plant. Volunteers from a number of local organizations are being recruited to plant approximately five acres of trees and shrubs and 12 acres of prairie grass, wildflower mix and cool season grasses.
The Fayette SWCD will assist students from two high school science clubs in monitoring water quality upstream and within the project area, sampling soils and measuring tree and vegetative growth over several years and plotting the data to the county’s Geographic Information System (GIS) ARC Map. The city of Washington Court House, Deer Creek Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Miami Trace Local School District, Washington Court House City School District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Washington Courthouse Tree Committee are collaborating.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund awards funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. For more information, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, or call (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.