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Ohio EPA Announces First Round of Statewide Mosquito Control Grants
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and State Medical Director Mary DiOrio (Ohio Department of Health) were in Warren (Trumbull County) Thursday to announce funding for community health departments and related public entities to help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile or La Cross Encephalitis.
The plan set forth by Trumbull County Combined Health District is particularly significant because of their collaborating efforts with the cities of Warren, Cortland and Newton Falls, along with Howland, Bazetta and Champion townships.
The Ohio EPA grants specifically will be targeted toward:
- mosquito surveillance;
- larval control;
- adult mosquito control such as spraying where mosquito presence poses a risk to public health;
- community outreach; and
- breeding source reduction, including trash or tire removal, as well as other possible proposed activities.
The grants totaling approximately $250,000 are being issued in eighteen counties are being made available in collaboration and support of the Ohio Department of Health’s larger efforts to mitigate the potential for an outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses.
View a list of all the first round mosquito control grants recipients: http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/media/MosquitoControl/MosquitoControlGrantsRound1.pdf
An online media kit related to today’s announcement along with additional resources related to Ohio’s Mosquito Control grants may be viewed at: http://epa.ohio.gov/pic/media/MosquitoControlGrants.aspx
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.