Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Huff Run Awarded Environmental Outreach Grant

The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership is pleased to announce that its grant proposal to the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) has been approved for funding in the amount of $2,707.00. The OEEF review committee considered 22 proposals and Huff Run was among one of eleven chosen for funding.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Education administers the OEEF, which awards approximately $1 million annually in grants for education projects targeting students from pre-school through university, the general public, and the regulated organizations. OEEF funds enhance the public’s awareness and understanding of issues affecting environmental issues in Ohio.

The Huff Run grant will be used to provide classroom activities and field trips for 600 students in grades 5-7 where they will interact with watershed professionals. Some activities include: chemical testing, macroinvertebrate identification and collection, and an electrofishing demonstration to show how inventories of aquatic life can be used as an indicator of stream health. The grant also supports a tree-planting project at Sandy Valley Elementary School, and covers the cost of bussing, various demonstrations, and equipment used by students at our field trips.

Collaborators in the grant include the Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resource Management, Norma Johnson Center, Tuscarawas Soil and Water Conservation District, Rural Action and Sunday Creek Watershed Group. Melissa Thorne, Huff Run's newest AmeriCorps member stated, “I’m glad that we received this funding. It will help pay for needed outreach and make sure that transportation will not be an issue that prevents students from attending our field trips."