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Ohio EPA Awards $3,396 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Brown County Organization

Georgetown Exempted Village Schools will receive $3,396 from Ohio EPA to learn about water quality sampling in White Oak Creek. Twelve projects throughout the state were funded for $46,493.

The funding will provide water quality monitoring equipment and supplies to support a new environmental science course at Georgetown High School.  Students will learn scientific protocols necessary to conduct biological and chemical sampling of White Oak Creek. As part of the curriculum, students will learn how to observe seasonal changes in water flow and water quality, and identify possible sources of pollution, changing oxygen demand and its effects. The Brown Soil and Water Conservation District is collaborating.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund gives out approximately $1 million each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. General grants are given for projects lasting up to 30 months and costing up to $50,000.

Mini grants are available for projects lasting up to 12 months and costing between $500 and $5,000. Proposals for classroom projects, conference speakers, and other activities that are eligible under the general grant program are eligible under the mini-grant program, but the application process is streamlined. Ohio EPA's Office of Environmental Education reserves up to $50,000 each grant round to fund projects submitted under this program.

For more information, contact Ohio EPA's Office of Environmental Education at (614) 644-2873. Staff is available to assist potential grant applicants who contact the office before the submission deadline. Information also is available online.

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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.


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