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Ohio EPA Announces Recipients of Statewide Mosquito Control Grants
Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today announced nearly $660,000 in funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state for mosquito control grants. The funding will help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis.
“The Mosquito Control Grant program continues to be a major success,” Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson said. “This funding helps our local partners identify the types of mosquitoes and what diseases might be present. It also helps fund local efforts to remove scrap tires and other materials. To put it simply, fewer scrap tires in a community means fewer mosquitoes and lower potential for sickness.”
“As we begin spending more time outside during these warmer months, it is important to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and the diseases they carry,” said Dr. Acton. “These grants will help implement mosquito control measures and ultimately keep Ohioans safe.”
Mosquito control grants 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
- additional proposed activities.
Grants totaling $659,500 are being issued in 30 counties and 5 cities are available in collaboration and support with the Ohio Department of Health’s larger effort to mitigate the potential for an outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses. Over the last three years, Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health have awarded more than $3.7 million to local health departments and communities for mosquito control programs.
Additional details on the mosquito control grants program and photos from the grant announcement are available online: https://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/media/2019-2020 MCG Funding Recommendations.pdf.
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.