12/3/13
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Ohio EPA Awards $3,285 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Clermont County School

Fourth and Fifth grade students at Branter Elementary School, West Clermont School District, will learn about how to collect and test water samples thanks to a $3,285 Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant from Ohio EPA. Eight projects throughout the state were funded for $35,604.

In the spring and fall, students will participate in the program Dinosaurs Drank That? As they collect and test water samples from East Fork Lake, Stonelick Lake, the Little Miami River and a storm drain on the school grounds. Students will test for nitrates, pH, ammonia, dissolved oxygen, sediments and algae. They will learn to develop hypotheses about the causes of pollution they find and create an action plan to reduce the pollution of one of the water sources tested.

Students also will design and construct models of a watershed with a catch basin to test various substances that would be found in local surface waters such as fertilizers, pesticides and roof debris. Students also will design and carry out a study about the effects of natural and chemical fertilizers on algae growth in controlled situations. Their findings will be presented to the public on the literacy science night at Branter Elementary, and shared with the science teachers at seven elementary schools in the district.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund awards funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public, and the regulated community. For more information, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, 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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