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Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District Receives Education Grant from Ohio EPA
More than 10,000 Delaware-area residents will have an opportunity to learn about watersheds with help from a $4,800 Ohio EPA Education grant to the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District. The grant will fund a state-of-the-art topographic 3-D map design station to help teach students about topographic maps and landforms.
The program uses computer-generated sensory input to project topographic maps of landforms onto a sand basin. Visitors interact with the exhibit by shaping landforms in sand. After colored elevation maps are drawn, virtual rain water flows down slopes to lower surfaces, showing the distribution of water into watersheds.
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.
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.