Outdoor Signs Provide Watershed Education
People will be able to learn about their watershed while enjoying the outdoors at five parks in northwest Ohio, thanks to an environmental education mini-grant that TMACOG has received from the Ohio EPA.
Interpretive signs will be placed at strategic locations to inform residents and visitors about specific watersheds and watershed projects. Signs will describe the use of over-wide ditches, information about wetland restoration, sedimentation, and dumping prevention and will describe actions that people can take to further protect wetlands. Planned sign locations are Harroun Park, International Park, Pearson Metropark, Olander Park System, and Springfield Township. The grant includes an educational partnership with local schools and universities. Art students at local schools will design the signs and prepare them for printing.
Ann-Drea Hensley, stormwater planner at TMACOG, says that the signs will help people better understand watersheds and stormwater issues. “Each sign will be unique to the place it’s located. The signs will describe a specific project or water problem in that area,” she said. The signage also helps communities satisfy public education requirements for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.