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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Promote Ohio Clean Marina Program
Ohio marina owners and operators will learn how to improve dockside water and air quality thanks to a $14,628 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). The grant was awarded to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) – one of eight Ohio communities and organizations to receive a total of $239,941 to support environmental education programs.
ODNR will use the money to fund a series of workshops through the Ohio Clean Marina Program. Participants will learn about best management practices to control storm water runoff, nutrient loading, aquatic invasive species and boating-related air emissions, and improve habitat resources and biodiversity.
Collaborating with ODNR on the workshops are the Ohio Sea Grant, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District and Lake Erie Marine Trade Association.
OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws. OEEF awards grants for a variety of environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Eligible recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade and professional organizations, state and local governments, and businesses.
For the next round of grants, electronic letters must be submitted by July 10 and completed applications are due July 17. Additional information is available on OEEF’s webpage or by calling (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.