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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Support Urban Agroforestry Program
Cincinnati area students will learn more about their local environment and help improve wildlife habitat in the Mill Creek watershed thanks to a $36,745 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). The grant was awarded to Groundwork Cincinnati – Mill Creek (GWCMC) – one of eight Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $239,941 to support environmental education programs.
GWCMC will use the money to engage 800 students in the Mill Creek Urban Agroforestry program. The participants, many from the inner city, will be immersed in environmental education and receive hands-on experience improving habitat along Mill Creek. Activities will include water quality monitoring, wetlands restoration and reforestation.
Collaborating with GWCMC on the program are local parks, schools and universities, civic groups, and environmental agencies.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters must be submitted by July 10 and completed applications are due July 17. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (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.