11/9/20
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Ohio EPA Offering Grants for Water Quality Improvement Projects

Ohio EPA is accepting applications for water quality improvement grants for projects that restore streams; reduce nonpoint source pollutants such as nutrients, sediments, acid mine drainage, and bacteria; improve stream and riparian habitat; and/or reverse the effects of stream modification.

Grant applications are due to Ohio EPA by Nov. 27, 2020. Applicants may be eligible for 100 percent funding for these projects. Projects can have a maximum three-year term.

Funding is being made available through Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act, which addresses nonpoint source pollution affecting lakes and streams. Ohio EPA anticipates providing $2.5 million in funding available to local governments, park districts, soil and water conservation districts, and others.

To be eligible, projects must be included in a watershed plan known as a Nine-Element Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy. Projects that will reduce nutrients, eliminate impairments, or restore impaired stream segments and wetlands are a higher priority than general nonpoint source pollution prevention projects. Projects also may address nonpoint source pollution threats to high quality waters.

More information and the application for 2021 grants are available on Ohio EPA’s website. Prospective applicants should review the announcement and application forms carefully and submit applications or direct questions to John Mathews, nonpoint source program manager, at john.mathews@epa.ohio.gov; or to Rick Wilson, technical program specialist, at rick.wilson@epa.ohio.gov

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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.

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