1/6/14
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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Hamilton County Organization

Ohio EPA has awarded a $14,380 environmental education grant to Rivers Unlimited for its project “Great Miami Citizens’ Water Quality Monitoring.” Eight grants were awarded statewide for $264,361.

The grant will equip 30-40 citizen volunteers with water sampling supplies to analyze water collected at 80 locations along the lower 34 miles of the Great Miami River and its tributaries.

Samples will be analyzed for conductivity, nitrates, total phosphorus, turbidity, pH and bacteria. Results will be posted in a database that will allow participants to identify water quality trends over time. This will help to better understand the effects of storm water runoff and nutrients that migrate into the river.

Results will be shared through a forum at the University of Cincinnati, classroom presentations and field trips for middle and high school science classes throughout the watershed.

Collaborators include the Friends of the Great Miami, Hamilton Soil and Water Conservation District, the Land Conservancy of Hamilton County, Oxbow Inc. and the University of Cincinnati.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA.

For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or 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. 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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