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Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Ohio River Basin Consortium

Ohio EPA has awarded the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education a $5,000 environmental education mini grant for a demonstration rain garden in Marietta to benefit Washington and Athens counties. Fourteen grants were awarded statewide for $58,345.

The Friends of the Lower Muskingum River (FLMR) watershed group and Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology are collaborating to design and construct a rain garden in Marietta and measure the quantity and quality of the water retained.  The data collection methods and effectiveness of the rain garden as a storm water management tool will be demonstrated to the local community and to 2,000 high school students participating in the Boat of Knowledge water quality project funded by the National Science Foundation at Ohio University

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) awards grants for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public, and the regulated community. General grants are awarded 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 range from $500 to $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.

For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (614) 644-2873.

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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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