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EPA supports environmental education projects in SD

Release Date: 6/25/2002
Contact Information:
800 227-8917 x6605,

Release Date: 6/25/2002
Contact Information:
800 227-8917 x6613,

Release Date: 6/25/2002
Contact Information:
800 227-8917 x7814

      Denver -- Continuing its commitment to increase understanding of the importance of protecting the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded three environmental education (EE) projects in South Dakota this year.

      "These grants help students and teachers develop their capacity to make informed decisions that affect environmental quality," Regional Administrator Robbie Roberts said, "These kinds of hands-on projects involve students of all ages and promote the understanding that we are inextricably connected to and dependent on the environment."

      Since 1992, EPA has awarded 2,500 grants totalling $30 million. For more information on the EPA Region 8 grant program, visit

      The recipients for 2002 are:
Krammerer/Lakota Foundation - $5,000
Sarah Eagle Horse-Hansen, 22800 - 482nd Avenue, Flandreau, SD 57028

Diversity Environmental Education AHigh Plains@ Youth Gathering

The "High Plains" Youth Gathering is designed to bring representatives from isolated High Plains communities together to assemble technical information about renewable energy sources. Participants will learn enough to seek job opportunities with environmentally conscious businesses. They will also become more effective role models in their communities.

The Source: A Boys & Girls Club - $22,500
Curtis Dunn, 511 Main Avenue, Sisseton, SD 57262

Environmental Education Health Choices for Youth

This project will focus on children's health in a structured yet informal program at The Source=s three Clubs. The project will also network the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe-Office of Environmental Protection's staff with the Source=s native youth. This project will focus on hands-on learning for the local environmental plan. This will assure that future environmental choices for youth reflect responsible guardianship of their own environment.