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Ohio EPA Awards $2,500 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Medina County Organization
Ohio EPA has awarded $2,500 Environmental Education mini grant to the Medina County Park District to fund a project that demonstrates and interprets a Vegetated Stormwater Buffer Strip. Nine projects throughout the state were funded for $36,589.
The project site is at a newly-developed park located on the divide that separates the headwaters of the Rocky River watershed (Lake Erie Basin) and Wolf Creek watershed (Ohio River Basin).
A strip of native vegetation will be planted in a highly visible area to intercept storm water run-off on the slope before it enters a recreational fishing area. The project will involve posting a series of interpretive signs along approximately 425 feet of trail that will cover topics to include watershed function and storm water management; native vs. non-native species; the importance of pollinators and host plants; and the role of vegetation in stabilizing soils and absorbing nutrients.
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.