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06/18/2013

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Ohio EPA Awards $93,800 in Environmental Education Grants to Franklin County Organizations

Ohio EPA has awarded $43,800 to the city of Groveport and $50,000 to The Ohio State University (OSU) for environmental awareness and education programs in Franklin County. Seven grants were awarded statewide for $237,091.

Groveport’s grant will support a city-wide program encouraging at least 5,300 residents to install rain gardens and rain barrels to prevent storm water pollution in the Walnut, Blacklick and Big Walnut Creeks and tributaries. Three demonstration rain gardens with interpretive signage will be installed at highly visible municipal facilities. The Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative model program will be adapted to help residents understand how to design their rain gardens and select plants for water retention. Residential rain garden locations will be added to the city’s GIS maps for an online rain garden tour of homes to show the connection between best management practices and receiving streams. Three rain barrel installation workshops, incentives and an online course will be offered, adapting the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s successful residential rain barrel program.

OSU will use its grant money to install two bicycle shelters with roofs composed of live vegetative plant panels in the northern and southern districts of campus. These shelters will raise the visibility of this method of diverting storm water runoff. Interpretive signage will explain the design and function and encourage bicycle ridership to reduce air emissions. Information about storm water runoff and vehicle emissions will be added to OSU’s sustainability websites and bike shelter locations will be added as stops on the university’s sustainability tours.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund is administered by Ohio EPA.  Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments.

For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund 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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