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Ohio EPA Awards Grants to Three Cuyahoga County Organizations
Ohio EPA has awarded $5,000 environmental education mini grants to three Cuyahoga County organizations: the East Cleveland City Schools; Ruffing Montessori School; and Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The groups were among 12 Ohio organizations to be awarded Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) mini grants totaling $46,493.
The East Cleveland City Schools will use its mini grant to fund in-the-field scientific studies of urban watersheds. More than 300 tenth grade students at Shaw High School will collect and analyze water samples from the Doan Brook and Nine Mile Creek watersheds and compare their results to water samples obtained from rural watersheds. The field trips will highlight human impacts on water quality and the effects of water quality on human welfare.
The Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights will work with the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes to restore a mini-marsh in the Doan Brook watershed. More than 70 upper elementary students will learn how to evaluate habitat, identify native and exotic species, remove exotic plants, and cultivate and plant native marsh plants. They also will conduct a photo survey and create digital maps of the marsh habitat.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will develop and distribute an informational poster that emphasizes the use of best management practices to prevent storm water pollution. The poster will be distributed to more than 60 local municipalities working to comply with phase II storm water regulations. In addition to the poster, the grant will fund storm water training sessions for municipal employees.
OEEF gives out approximately $1 million each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. General grants are given 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 costing between $500 and $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. Ohio EPA's Office of Environmental Education reserves up to $50,000 each grant round to fund projects submitted under this program.
For more information, contact the Office of Environmental Education at (614) 644-2873. Staff is available to assist potential grant applicants who contact the office before the submission deadline. Information also is available online.
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.