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Franklin, Madison County Organizations Receive Ohio EPA Education Grants
The Franklin County Drainage Engineer and Madison Soil and Water Conservation District are receiving Ohio EPA Environmental Education mini grants for projects focused on storm water and water quality issues. Eight mini grants are being awarded statewide for a total of $27,433.
- Franklin County Drainage Engineer is receiving $4,785 to purchase an “augmented reality sandbox,” which is a digital tool to illustrate how watersheds work. The sandbox will be used for outreach at events and schools within Franklin County to educate the public and students about storm water issues, watersheds, point and nonpoint source pollution, engineering and technology. The county engineer’s office is collaborating with the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District which conducts numerous outreach events during the year.
- Madison Soil and Water Conservation District is receiving $875 for an agricultural drainage workshop to help farmers consider climate issues when considering their drainage and crop production needs. Farmers will be asked to evaluate best management practices including water control drainage structures, cover crops, buffers and wetlands to slow down, store and filter storm water, to recharge ground water and reduce the frequency of flooding.
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.