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Ohio EPA Awards $3,367 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Williams County SWCD
Williams Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been awarded a $3,367 mini grant from the Ohio EPA Environmental Education Fund for its “Rivers Around Us” program. Nine projects throughout the state were funded for $36,589.
The grant helps provide equipment and supplies to train a network of citizen volunteers and local school classes to regularly monitor water quality in the Tiffin River.
Workshops will introduce teachers to the Project WET and Healthy Water, Healthy People curricula and testing methodologies, and how to post their students’ data to an online database for comparison over time.
Teachers and citizen volunteer monitors will have the opportunity to receive certification as level one credible data collectors. The SWCD is collaborating with The Ohio State University Extension Office in Williams County.
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.