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Iowa to receive almost $100,000 from EPA

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 awarded grants to fund two environmental education projects in Iowa.

According to the EPA, the University of Northern Iowa will receive $34,465. That will help fund a project for Iowa teachers of kindergarten through 12th grade to improve their teaching skills in environmental education, including flood problems. The plan is for teachers to eventually be able to inform others about runoff, watersheds and flooding.

Also, the Iowa Recycling Association in Cedar Rapids will get $14,104, according the EPA. That will help fund a project to address resource conservation and pollution prevention through the use of recycling mechanisms. This project will enable teachers to develop a recycling curriculum including science, conservation and pollution components. The goal is for students to design a conveyor system for sorting recyclable materials.

"The variety of organizations and diversity of proposals selected to receive these Environmental Education grants exhibit the commitment of the people of Region 7 to creating and sustaining a healthy environment," EPA Region 7 administrator Karl Brooks said in a press release. "The rewards to be reaped from these grants will be visible in a stronger earth, more abundant wildlife, cleaner air, reduced pollution, smarter community growth, environmentally astute citizens, and healthier people."

EPA's Region 7 also includes Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal regions.

EPA's Environmental Education Grant program intends to provide funding for new projects and to help along existing projects. The projects the EPA helps are meant to increase public awareness of environmental issues and provide information on protecting the environment, the EPA said.

Online Reporter: Becca Habegger

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