11/20/15
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Ohio EPA Awards $4,918 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Organization in Erie and Ottawa Counties

Ohio EPA is awarding a nearly $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to the Put-in-Bay Township Park District for the Lake Erie Island Water Trails project. Ten projects throughout the state were funded for $39,314.

Ohio EPA grant funding will support the publication of a guide, researched by The National Park Service and involving multiple partners. The Lake Erie Islands Water Trails Guide, defines paddling routes with public access sites and safety, natural history and cultural history information. The grant will also allow the placement of interpretive signs at each access point, providing information on the cultural and natural history from the guide, critical habitat resources, invasive species, harmful algal blooms and human impact on water quality. The guide will encourage recreational users of the Lake Erie Islands to use the area safely, reduce conflicts with private property owners nearby, protect vulnerable natural resources and encourage stewardship. Partnering organizations include the National Park Service, Ohio Clean Marinas Program, Ohio Chapter of the American Canoe Association, Ohio Sea Grant and the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

Each year the Ohio Environmental Education Fund issues grants for education projects for kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community.

The next grant application deadline is January 15, 2016, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by Jan. 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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