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Southwest Ohio Organizations Receive Ohio EPA Education Grants
Greene Soil and Water Conservation District and Clean Fuels Ohio have been awarded Ohio EPA environmental education mini grants. Eight mini grants are being awarded statewide for a total of $27,433.
- Greene Soil and Water Conservation District is receiving $1,000 to encourage property owners to have their drinking water wells tested. Participants can have their wells tested for arsenic, manganese and an optional bacteria test. Information about soil sampling and test information for yards and gardens also will be provided. The district is working with Miami Conservancy District, Greene County Public Health, Montgomery County Environmental Lab, Greene County Career Center, Ohio State University Extension Service, Xenia Water Treatment Plant, Greene County Farm Bureau, Ohio Department of Health and Yeager Well Drilling.
- Clean Fuels Ohio is receiving a $4,803 grant for its Drive Electric Ohio initiative. This statewide organization is working to increase adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to improve Ohio’s air quality, economy and energy security. The grant will help the organization educate consumers about the advantages of PEVs, encourage investment in PEV charging stations and enacting policies to overcome market barriers. Clean Fuels Ohio is collaborating with the cities of Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and with Drive Electric Northeast Ohio.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides grants each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Mini grants are available for projects costing between $500 and $5,000.
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 9, 2018, and applications are due no later than July 16, 2018. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.
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.