12/5/13
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Ohio EPA Awards Grant for Local Water Education

Ohio EPA has awarded an environmental education mini grant to Northeast Ohio Public Involvement and Public Education (NEO PIPE) to educate homeowners about the proper use of fertilizers and management of storm water runoff. NEO PIPE is one of nine Ohio organizations to be awarded Ohio Environmental Education Fund mini grants totaling $35,192.

NEO PIPE is a regional consortium of soil and water conservation districts, conservation organizations and other government agencies committed to improving water quality in Northeast Ohio.

The group will use its $5,000 grant to produce and distribute a lawn care calendar to homeowners in seven Northeast Ohio counties. The calendar will provide monthly tips on applying fertilizers at the right rate and time, and controlling runoff during wet weather events.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. For additional 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. Since then, 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.


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