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Ohio EPA Awards $2,500 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Graham Local Schools
It’s a mad, mad, mad, Mad River world at Graham Local Schools. The district has been awarded a $2,500 Ohio EPA Environmental Education Fund mini grant to expand its “Trout in the Classroom” program for students in second through 12th grades. Nine projects throughout the state were funded for $36,589.
The program, which has been funded previously by an OEEF mini grant, is being expanded to include more than 400 students. Students focus on the relationship between water quality of the Mad River and the habitat conditions required by trout.
Students are responsible for daily chemical testing of the water and observations of the trout to ensure they are in a suitable environment until they are large enough to release to Onion Creek, a tributary of the Mad River.
Students present their monitoring data through a community event and presentations to the school board and local organizations. Elementary school students will use Nexus Tablets and iPads to photograph the stages of the project and create YouTube videos.
The district is collaborating with the Madmen Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. For additional information, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund or call (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. 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.