Butler, Clark, Clermont, Darke, Hamilton, Logan, Montgomery, Shelby, Warren County Communities Among Those Receiving Assistance
Forty-eight local health departments and municipalities in 42 counties are sharing $813,610 in grant funding from Ohio EPA for mosquito control activities, including $143,000 to remove scrap tires, which can become breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. The funding will help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile, and La Cross Encephalitis.
“The Mosquito Control Grant program has been a major success and is a collaborative effort among state and local agencies,” Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson said. “Ohio EPA is pleased to continue offering funding for mosquito control measures to help communities reduce the risks of mosquito-borne viruses and cleaning up scrap tires that can become mosquito breeding grounds.”
In Southwest Ohio, the Butler County General Health District is receiving $10,000; Cincinnati Health Department is receiving $11,310; Clark County Combined Health District is receiving $20,060; Clermont County Public Health is receiving $9,240; Darke County is receiving $25,000; village of DeGraff is receiving $1,700; Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is receiving $10,000; city of Sidney is receiving $22,000; Sidney-Shelby County Health Department is receiving $10,020; and Warren County Health Department is receiving $13,300.
The full list of grant recipients and the amount of each grant are available at https://epa.ohio.gov/static/Portals/47/nr/22-23MCG.pdf.
Mosquito control grants specifically target:
- mosquito surveillance;
- larval control;
- adult mosquito control, such as spraying where mosquito presence poses a risk to public health;
- community outreach; and
- breeding source reduction, including trash or tire removal.
Grants are being issued in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health’s larger effort to mitigate the potential for an outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses. Over the last six years, Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health have awarded $6.7 million to local health departments and communities for mosquito control programs.
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.