Updated Tue, Apr 17, 2012 3:21 pm
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $600,000 in grant money to Southeast Ohio communities.
The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership in Tuscarawas County received $326,900 to reclaim 10 acres impacted by coal mining spoils, while the Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition received $285,900 to protect and restore Salt Creek in Jackson County.
The grants are just two of 12 totaling more than $2.7 million awarded by the Ohio EPA to help communities restore waterways affected by nonpoint source pollution.
Successful completion of both projects will result in reduced nonpoint source pollutants, including an estimated reduction of 142 pounds of phosphorus, 361 pounds of metal, and 1,475 pounds of acid per year.