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Ohio EPA Awards $13,302 Environmental Education Grant to Green Local School District
The Green Local School District received $13,302 from Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund to fund “Growing Green Education Wetlands Goes Public.” Eleven grants were awarded statewide for $304,136.
The project will allow the city of Green to use recently created Growing Green Educational Wetlands, which were developed to reduce storm water flow in a housing development to be used for educational purposes. The wetlands were placed on the campus of the Green Middle and Intermediate Schools.
To help students and residents understand the functioning and benefits of wetlands, the project will train 15 teachers in the national WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum, and provide testing supplies to enable students to monitor conditions and upload their data to the program website.
Students will also conduct regular salinity testing in an ongoing study of the effects of salt on the water table. Results will help the city road department decide whether to switch from road salt to a beet-based solution. The students will present their results to local officials and civic groups.
The city is providing interpretive signs to explain the wetland to the local community, with codes to direct residents to web pages about specific wetland features and student-collected data. The city of Green and its Living Green Task Force are collaborating.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (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.