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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grants to Clark County Programs

The City of Springfield and the Clark County Solid Waste District are among eight projects throughout Ohio receiving environmental education mini grants from Ohio EPA. The two local grants total $7,430; statewide, projects are receiving $34,513.

Springfield’s storm water utility is receiving $5,000 for its downspout disconnect program to encourage property owners to disconnect downspouts from the sewer system. Additional storm water going into sewers from downspouts can lead to sewage overflows.

The grant will help fund an educational video on the government cable channel and website. The city will educate residents about local storm water issues and innovative storm water management practices such as rain gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavers. Wittenberg University student volunteers will be available to help homeowners disconnect their downspouts.

The Clark County Solid Waste District and Clark County Parks District are partnering to present a Project WILD teacher workshop this fall with funding from a $2,430 grant. Twenty-five primary and secondary school teachers in Clark County will learn the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD curricula during a workshop at George Rogers Clark Park.

Lessons focus on water quality, habitat, solid waste and careers in wildlife management. Participating teachers will be asked to introduce the curriculum to their colleagues and provide a brief report on how they used the curriculum in class.

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.


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