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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grant to Ottawa County Organization
The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center has been awarded a $4,371 Ohio EPA environmental education mini grant to produce exhibits about local geology and harmful algal blooms. Eight projects were funded for $34,513.
The center will install new interactive exhibits and interpretive signs about local geology, including karst formations, to improve public awareness, and assist in managing the unique water issues facing the Lake Erie islands due to heavy nutrient loading into the lake. Nutrients contribute to the formation and persistence of harmful algal blooms.
The project will target local residents, children in the summer nature camp program and the approximately 6,000 annual visitors to the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center on South Bass Island. Faculty and students from the Toledo School for the Arts will paint an existing cave display to better demonstrate typical karst geology formations. Karsts are formations containing fissures, sinkholes and caverns carved in the rock by underground water.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. For additional information, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund or call (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.