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                U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT:Megan Gavin, (312) 353-5282

For Immediate Release
No. O2-OPA116

EPA AWARDS $15,000 TO MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROJECTS

CHICAGO (Sep. 5, 2002) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
recently awarded $15,000 for environmental education projects in Michigan.
The projects include educating residents of the Huron River watershed
about stream ecology, teaching high school students how to test for
biological contamination of waters around a popular recreation area and
educating a tribe about radon. The recipients are Huron River Watershed in
Ann Arbor, Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie and
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi.

This year, EPA is awarding $190,000 to 23 recipients in the Midwest. More
than 150 organizations competed for funds. As required by law, most of the
awards are for grass-roots programs costing $5,000 or less.

In the past 10 years, Region 5 has awarded more than $1.5 million in
educational grants to academic institutions, nonprofit groups, park
districts and tribes in the Midwest.

EPA is awarding these funds under the 1990 National Environmental
Education Act, which gives EPA the authority to support and create
environmental education programs nationwide.

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$5,000 to Huron River Watershed (Ann Arbor)
The grant will help increase citizen involvement in river monitoring and
protection. Residents will be educated about the impact they have on the
quality of the Huron River. They will also learn basic tenets of stream
ecology.

$5,000 to Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie)
High school students and their teachers will work with Lake Superior State
University environmental health students and faculty, and district health
department staff. They will test for biological contamination of streams
near Les Cheneaux Islands and recommend to regulators how the findings may
affect human health.

$5,000 to Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (Fulton)
By participating in a one-day bowling tournament, tribal membership will
be educated about radon, its health effects and how it affects them.
Eighty percent of the tribal membership lives in counties designated as
having a moderate to high potential for radon above allowable levels.



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