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Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Stark County Organization
Ohio EPA has awarded $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to the City of Canton Parks Department to fund a conservation area signage project. Nine projects throughout the state were funded for $36,589.
The City of Canton Parks Department plans to cease mowing properties to improve water quality and restore habitat in seven park areas and the Nimishillen Creek Watershed. The mini grant will support interpretive signs to help park visitors understand water quality, cost savings, and ecological benefits of the no-mow areas.
Benefits include: promoting natural infiltration; slowing down and cleaning storm water runoff before it enters a creek; reducing stream bank erosion and sediment; using less fertilizer, water and weed killer; increasing biodiversity by providing food and habitat for native animals and plants; and providing shade and cooler temperatures for fish and aquatic insects.
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.
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.