4/5/17
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Licking County Health Department Receives Education Grant from Ohio EPA

More than 1,100 people would see a pollinator garden and its associated educational material annually with help from a $5,000 Ohio EPA Education grant to the Licking County Health Department. The five-acre garden and its associated signage will be at the health department’s 20-acre campus.

The Licking County Health Department is restoring habitat and establishing an education project at its campus. The habitat includes the 5-acre plot with 350 native Ohio trees and several wildflower plots for monarch butterfly conservation. The garden area will be designed to attract butterflies and birds and will have signage for permanent environmental education. In addition, the health department home educators will host two public workshops to educate youth about the positive health benefits of outdoor activities.

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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