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Ohio EPA Awards Grant to Promote Awareness of the Upper Cuyahoga River Watershed

Ohio EPA has awarded an environmental education mini grant to Akron Water Supply (AWS) to increase public awareness of the Upper Cuyahoga River Watershed as it flows through Portage County. AWS was among 14 Ohio organizations to be awarded Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) mini grants totaling $58,345.

AWS will use its $3,368 grant to create and install 40 signs at 20 locations where the Cuyahoga River and tributaries cross underneath roadways. Once the markers are in place, an informational brochure will be distributed to area residents with more information about the watershed and ways to protect it.

OEEF awards grants each year 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 OEEF 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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