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2/22/17
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Ohio EPA Announces New Statewide Mosquito Control Grant Recipients

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges are in Athens today to announce funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state. Mosquito Control Grants help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis. 

The plan set forth by Athens City-County Health Department is particularly significant because it involves working together with local agencies such as the solid waste management district, county engineer’s office and local sheriff’s office. Agencies combine scrap tire cleanup with identifying and mitigating mosquito hazards in Athens County, and neighboring health districts including Vinton and Hocking counties. Cooperating agencies have also partnered with Ohio University, employing interns to assist with the mosquito control program during the summer, demonstrating a great example of collaborative efforts at multiple levels of government. 

Ohio EPA grants will specifically target:
1. mosquito surveillance; 
2. larval control;
3. adult mosquito control, such as spraying where mosquito presence poses a risk to public health;
4. community outreach;
5. breeding source reduction, including trash or tire removal; and
6. additional proposed activities.

Forty grants totaling nearly $1 million are being issued in 27 counties and are being made available in collaboration and support of the Ohio Department of Health’s larger efforts to mitigate the potential for an outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses.

View more details on the third round of mosquito control grants:
http://epa.ohio.gov/pic/media/MosquitoControlGrants.aspx.

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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.

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