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Ohio EPA Awards $4,997 Environmental Education Grant to Northwood High School
Northwood High School students will learn about water quality through hands-on science on a land restoration project bordering Dry Creek with help from an Ohio EPA environmental education grant.
Students will monitor water quality impacts from the 20-acre school district-owned land that was previously a farm field. The goal is to return the land to natural habitat with the help of students and the community and provide 150 seventh grade and high school environmental science students with access to outdoor water quality testing in a hands-on inquiry setting.
Students will combine classroom and field activities from the Healthy Water, Healthy People curriculum; collect and identify macroinvertebrates as an indicator of stream health; and sample oxygen, turbidity, pH and water flow rates. They will study phosphorus and nitrate loads that contribute to harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie and share their research results with the annual Student Watershed Watch congress.
Seventh graders also will visit the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for wetland education activities developed with funding from a previous Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant.
Northwood is collaborating with Northwestern Water and Sewer District, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments (TMACOG).
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. In this grant cycle, six projects throughout the state were funded for$26,777.
The next grant application deadline is July 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by July 8. 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.