2/7/14
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MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Fee Oros
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Conducts Five Surface Water Improvement Grant Information Sessions in February

Ohio EPA is accepting proposals for the 2014 Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) grants to address nonpoint source pollution and storm water runoff, resulting in water quality improvement for Ohio’s stream, rivers and lakes.

Ohio EPA is conducting five grant information sessions for potential applicants:

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 - Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg;
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Ohio EPA Southwest District Office, 401 East Fifth Street, Dayton;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 - Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green;
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 Front Street, Logan; and
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 - Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 West Town Street, 6th Floor, Columbus.

The information sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes. There will also be time for questions and answers concerning the grant process.

Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to water quality improvement projects that meet the eligibility requirements, which may include:

  • innovative storm water management projects;
  • stream restoration and restoration of natural flow;
  • riparian restoration and invasive species removal;
  • inland lake management and restoration; and
  • wetland restoration and protection.

SWIF grants are awarded for a two-year period. Successful applicants are required to execute a formal grant agreement with Ohio EPA and must complete projects within the two years specified. Grants awarded under SWIF will follow a competitive process. Projects that can demonstrate “shovel-readiness” will receive stronger consideration.

Applications must be complete and postmarked by April 11, 2014, to be considered for funding. The request for proposals and applications are available online. If you require additional assistance or have questions, please contact Martha Spurbeck at (614) 644-2869.

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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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