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Ohio EPA Awards $863 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Lucas County High School

An Ohio Environmental Education mini grant will provide supplies for students at the Phoenix Academy Community School to solve a water pollution mystery in the Ottawa River. It is one of 12 projects throughout the state funded for $46,493.

To solve the two-part mystery of the tainted tributary, 40 high school students will do a case study of a fictitious water pollution case. Then they will conduct a field study using skills they have learned to test their predictions about the health of the Ottawa River near a student-selected site. Students will test for water quality parameters including temperature, pH, phosphorus, nitrate and nitrite, dissolved oxygen and turbidity.

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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