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Ohio EPA Awards $4,230 Environmental Education Mini Grant to the Ohio Corn Marketing Program

Ohio EPA has awarded $4,320 to the Ohio Corn Marketing Program to fund a two-day summer workshop to teach "Feeding the World: Sustainable Practices in Agriculture and Water Quality."  Fourteen environmental education mini grants were awarded statewide for $58,345.

The grant provides water quality monitoring equipment for 30 western Ohio teachers and their students to conduct kick-seining and bioassessment investigations of local water quality.  At a two-day summer workshop, the teachers will learn about sustainable agriculture practices and issues related to crop production, including research and seed development, soil science, sediment control, water quality and drainage water management systems. They will learn to use biocriteria to identify impaired waters and causes of impairments such as Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).  Students will collect data in local streams and share their results using to be tested include biochemical oxygen demand, coliform bacteria, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, pH, and phosphate. A sample kit was tested by science teachers at the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) Conference in February 2013. EP&P, Upper Arlington School, Findlay High School, and Green County Career Center are collaborating.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (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 awarded 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, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or call (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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