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Ohio EPA Announces the Second Round Recipients of Statewide Mosquito Control Grants
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and State Medical Director Mary DiOrio (Ohio Department of Health) were in Urbana (Champaign County) to announce funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state to help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis.
The plan set forth by Champaign County is particularly significant because it involves governments, including the Champaign County Health Department, city of Urbana, village of North Lewisburg, village of Mechanicsburg and village of St. Paris, working together in a great example of collaborative efforts toward mosquito control.
Ohio EPA grants will specifically target:
- mosquito surveillance;
- larval control;
- adult mosquito control, such as spraying where mosquito presence poses a risk to public health;
- community outreach;
- breeding source reduction, including trash or tire removal; and
- other possible proposed activities.
The grants, totaling $691,340, are being issued in 31 counties and 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 more details on the second round of mosquito control grants (including a complete list of recipients), and a related online media kit:
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.