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Applications Sought for 2014 Water Quality Improvement Grants

Ohio EPA is seeking proposals for funding from local governments, park districts, and other organizations that will restore or improve waterways in the state.

Grants up to $300,000 will be awarded to implement projects that address nonpoint source pollution and storm water runoff for water quality improvements to Ohio’s streams, rivers or lakes. Eligible projects include:

  • innovative storm water management projects;
  • stream restoration and re-naturalization projects that use environmentally sustainable design;
  • riparian restoration and protection projects such as streambank stabilization; and
  • wetland restoration and protection.

Successful grant applicants must complete their project within three years, and provide 40 percent local matching funds. Projects also will require an endorsed watershed plan or a completed total maximum daily load plan (TMDL).  Demonstration projects may be funded in watersheds where the project may result in eliminating impairment or advancing stream management capacity.

Grant applications must be completed and postmarked by close of business May 31, 2013, to be considered for funding in early 2014.

Ohio EPA also is awarding supplemental 2013 grants up to $100,000 to be available this spring. Fund will be awarded only to projects in watersheds that have a completed maximum daily load plan (TMDL), or an endorsed watershed action plan. Projects must be implemented within 18 months after receiving a grant. Supplemental grant applications must be submitted by close of business March 29, 2013.

To find out more about the request for proposals and to obtain applications for either grant, isit Ohio EPA’s website. For more information contact Russ Gibson by email or call (614) 644-2020.

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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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