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Hancock, Wyandot County Organizations Receive Ohio EPA Education Grants
Water is an important natural resource and affects Ohio’s environment, public health and economy. Two Ohio EPA environmental education mini grants will help local organizations teach students and adults about the vital role of water for all Ohioans.
The Children’s Museum of Findlay in Hancock County is receiving a $2,500 grant for a water table project and the Wyandot Soil and Water Conservation District is receiving a $3,470 mini grant for a virtual watershed project. Eight mini grants are being awarded statewide for a total of $27,433.
- The Children’s Museum of Findlay is collaborating with the Ohio Northern University College of Engineering to install a water table exhibit at the museum. The exhibit will introduce young students to the concept of water as a resource and people’s impact on water control and movement. The water table exhibit will teach ideas of flow, motion, cohesion and equivalence and provide hands-on learning with a mushroom fountain, dam and waterfall features.
- Wyandot SWCD’s virtual watershed table will become a hands-on tool so the general public can see watershed boundaries and possible erosion issues that can occur. It will allow the organization to build a landowner’s acreage by shaping landforms in kinetic sand. The sandbox will display a colored elevation map that then can simulate rainfall and show how water flows on an individual property. It also will be used to educate students in the county.
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.