4/2/15
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Ohio EPA Awards $1,850 Environmental Education Grant To Belmont County Organization

Water quality in Captina watershed streams should improve after local officials learn and implement stream bank stabilization techniques. The techniques will be taught by the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District as part of its Captina Creek Watershed Stream Bank Stabilization and Riparian Enhancement Educational Initiative, sponsored, in part, by an $1,850 Ohio EPA environmental education grant.

The conservation district will conduct a workshop for approximately 50 local elected officials, floodplain managers, county stream cleanup crews, local Ohio Department of Transportation employees and wastewater treatment operators in the Captina Creek watershed. The workshop’s goal is to increase awareness and knowledge of proper stream bank stabilization techniques.

Stream bank erosion and sedimentation constitute one of the top threats to this high quality creek, and improper stabilization methods can exacerbate the problem. A workshop on riparian zone protection will be led by an experienced stream restoration expert. Topics will include physical forms and functions of a healthy stream; how they can degrade; and how to develop restoration and enhancement projects to benefit watersheds and communities.
Examples of successful solutions will focus on cost, permit and monitoring requirements and lessons learned.

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. In this grant cycle, six projects throughout the state were funded for$26,777.

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