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The Toledo Zoo Receives Ohio EPA Education Grant
With help from a $44,300 Ohio EPA Education grant, the Toledo Zoo will use 10 demonstration habitat restoration gardens as part of its Urban Watershed Education Initiative.
The project will educate Toledo-area residents about issues in the Lake Erie watershed while presenting actions people can take to make a difference in local and regional water quality.
The zoo and its partners will create 10 acres of demonstration rain gardens throughout the city and provide monthly educational workshops at the zoo. Visitors will receive complementary Clean Water Garden seed packets and the opportunity to register their own Clean Water Garden through the Wild Toledo website.
Seven grants were awarded statewide for $247,874. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community.
Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than Jan. 9, 2017, and applications are due no later than Jan. 17, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.
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.