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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Hamilton County Agency
The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District will use a storm sewer retrofit project in Bechtold Park to help public officials learn about more effective storm water management technologies. The project is supported by a $49,513 Ohio EPA Environmental Education grant. It is one of four grant recipients statewide totaling $168,458.
A large storm water outfall will be retrofitted to detain storm water within a storm sewer system draining a 170-acre drainage area in Sycamore Township. By sharing the successes and difficulties of the project, the district will educate regulated storm sewer communities about more effective and less costly storm water management.
In-stream biology, habitat and water quality will be monitored to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. Educational materials about the design, performance and maintenance of the storm water outfall will be developed. Officials in regulated “municipal separate storm sewer system” (MS4) communities can take a site tour or attend local and statewide presentations about the technology.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters of intent must be submitted by July 9 and completed applications are due July 16. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (614) 644-2873.
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.