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Ohio EPA Awards $4,986 Environmental Education Grant to Lake County Organization
Lake County Stormwater Management Department will focus on reducing polluted runoff to area streams through its program “Training & Education Materials for Municipal Staff” funded, in part, with a $4,986 Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant. A total of seven grants were awarded statewide for $32,319.
The department will use the funding to adapt materials to train employees. The project includes printing customized posters and vehicle guides describing storm water best management practices and pollution prevention. A laptop and projector for educational workshops also is included.
All materials will include local imagery to encourage a community appeal. Spill responses, installation of sediment and pollution controls during construction will be covered along with final vegetative stabilization and storm water prevention during lawn care and fertilizer use.
The next OEEF application deadline will be July 15, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due no later than July 8.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA. Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (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.