3/30/17
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Washington Soil and Water Conservation District Receives Education Grant from Ohio EPA

More than 61,000 Washington County residents annually will have an opportunity to learn about precipitation and groundwater at 10 events with help from a $5,000 Ohio EPA Education grant to the Washington Soil and Water Conservation District. Viewers will learn how rain water and snow melt affects ground water.

The grant will provide a portable rainfall simulator and demonstration model to show surface water runoff and infiltration and how different types of tillage, cover crops and impervious cover affect runoff in rural and urban areas.

Eight grants were issued statewide for a total of $35,614. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides grants each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community.

Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than July 10, 2017, and applications are due no later than July 17, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.

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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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