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Cuyahoga and Ottawa County Organization Receives Help from Ohio EPA to Improve the Environment
Case Western Reserve University – Leonard Gelfand STEM Center will hold professional development workshops for teachers in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to help educate students about important issues facing Lake Erie. Teachers will participate in a week-long workshop to develop programs they can implement with their students at the newly established Kelley’s Island Field Station and the Cleveland Metroparks’ Stewardship Center at West Creek.
Teachers and students who participate will study best management practices for nutrient control and the relationship to harmful algal blooms, the relationship between habitat and biodiversity and stormwater management practices. The group will educate 15 teachers and 75 students. When completed, the work will positively impact between 1,200 and 1,500 of their peers within two years.
The $45,633 Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant will help fund the training. Five grants were awarded statewide totaling $190,044. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the general 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 8, 2016, and applications are due no later than July 15, 2016. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web 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.