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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant Targeting Stormwater Management in Urban Environments
Northeast Ohio storm water management professionals will have an opportunity to learn the latest and greatest in storm water controls thanks to an $8,750 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund. The grant was awarded to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) – one of nine Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $350,000 to support environmental education programs.
NEORSD will use the money to conduct two storm water management workshops. A two-day workshop for landscape professionals will focus on storm water regulations and best management practices. A second workshop with local municipalities will show how various storm water controls can be successfully retrofitted in urban neighborhoods. Both workshops will emphasize the use of innovative and contemporary storm water controls including bioretention cells, rain gardens and pervious pavers.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Grants up to $50,000 are funded from one-half of the civil penalties collected by the Agency for air and water pollution control violations. 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. 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.