As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

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Ohio EPA Awards Nearly $40,000 Environmental Education Grant to Licking County’s Dawes Arboretum

Ohio EPA has awarded an environmental education grant worth $39,732 to Dawes Arboretum in Licking County for a wetland education program. Nine grants were awarded statewide for $350,000.

Dawes Arboretum staff and project partners will build an outdoor education program emphasizing water quality, ecosystems and environmental impact. Approximately 700 students from Heritage Middle School in Newark will be invited to engage in an inquiry-based science education program in which classroom concepts are brought outdoors to achieve better comprehension. National curricula will be borrowed from programs such as the Wonders of Wetlands (WOW), Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design), Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Project Learning Tree and Healthy Water, Healthy People.

Students will collect data and explore animal habitat. After net fishing for macro-invertebrates, phytoplankton and zooplankton, students will compare their water quality indicators and species sitings with results collected by other organizations such as The Ohio State University Extension’s Certified Volunteer Naturalist program and the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District. These field trip activities will help increase the students’ appreciation of science as a career path. Students also will be provided opportunities to interact with environmental professionals, and their families will be invited to participate in a weekend litter cleanup along the Licking River.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA.  Grants up to $50,000 are funded from one-half of the civil penalties collected by the Agency for air and water pollution control violations.

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

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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. 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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