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Ohio EPA Awards $4,165 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Kleski Environmental Services to Certify Data Collectors

Ohio EPA has awarded Kleski Environmental Services a $4,165 environmental education mini grant to train employees to become Ohio EPA certified data collectors. Fourteen grants were awarded statewide for $58,345.

Upon successful completion of a two-and-a-half day chemical water quality assessment training, seven employees will be certified by Ohio EPA as Level 2 Qualified Data Collectors; two employees will then apply to become Level 2 Qualified Data Collector Trainers. This training will provide comprehensive instruction on the use of protocols for water quality sampling field collection procedures, methods of quality assurance and control, instructions for measuring stream discharge/flow and instruction for creating a sampling plan and Level 2 project study plan. The training will benefit the company’s field staff, enabling it to help regulated small business and other clients in Athens, Belmont, Guernsey, Lucas, Meigs, Noble and Washington counties to understand and comply with governmental protocols, regulations and laws.  B&N Coal Inc. will be collaborating.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) awards grants each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public, and the regulated community. General grants are awarded for projects lasting up to 30 months and costing up to $50,000.

Mini grants are available for projects lasting up to 12 months and range from $500 to  $5,000. Proposals for classroom projects, conference speakers, and other activities that are eligible under the general grant program are eligible under the mini-grant program, but the application process is streamlined.

For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (614) 644-2873.


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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.

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