12/8/14
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Ohio EPA Awards $26,135 Environmental Education Grant to Cuyahoga County Organization

Ohio EPA awarded a $26,135 environmental education grant to Ursuline College’s Biology Department to implement a stream restoration, monitoring and assessment project designed to improve campus and community environmental education. Ten grants were awarded statewide for $269,334.

An Ohio EPA Surface Water Improvement Fund grant is supporting the ongoing restoration of a tributary to the Chagrin River which flows through the Ursuline campus. The Environmental Education Fund grant will provide equipment and supplies for 60 undergraduate students to collect water samples; assess turbidity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH and temperature data; and compare it to pre-restoration data to measure the effectiveness of the restoration. Student data will be presented at the College Undergraduate Scholarly Symposium.

Students also will create posters and permanent interpretive signs to explain the effort, including habitat, storm water and nutrient reduction benefits that have developed as a result of the stream restoration. These will benefit local residents, the college community and campus visitors.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional associations, businesses and state and local governments.

The next grant application deadline is Jan. 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by Jan. 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund 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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