Natural Resources Assistance Council Awards more than $3.9 Million in Clean Ohio Funds

    May 2, 2019
    Six projects awarded in Franklin County to help preserve and enhance natural areas and streams

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is awarding six projects totaling more than $3.9 million in Clean Ohio Conservation Funds (COCF) in Round 13 for District 3-Franklin County from the Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC). The COCF is part of the Clean Ohio program approved by voters in 2008.

    “These funds are a big help to Franklin County communities as they look for opportunities to preserve or enhance sensitive natural areas and streams in our urbanizing county,” said Steve Cothrel, NRAC District 3 Chair.

     

    Rank Applicant Project Name Total Project Cost COCF Amount Requested Total COCF Awarded
    1 New Albany Taylor Farm at Rocky Fork Creek Acquisition $1,905,000 $857,250 $857,250
    2 Columbus Dysart Run Headwaters at the Strauch Property Acquisition $1,200,000 $900,000 $900,000
    3 Franklin County Metro Parks Walnut Creek at Walnut Woods Metro Park Acquisition $528,000 $396,000 $396,000
    4 Franklin County Metro Parks Scioto Greenway at Heer Park Acquisition (Phase 1) $1,125,000 $843,750 $843,750
    5 Whitehall Big Walnut Creek at Whitehall Community Park Restoration $225,259 $157,681 $157,681
    6 Grove City Marsh Run at Gantz Park Restoration $1,252,530 $751,518 $751,518
        TOTAL     $3,906,199

     

    “We look forward to seeing more good applications next year,” said Nathaniel Vogt, MORPC Infrastructure Development Manager. “We’re always happy to help anyone interested in the program.”

    The COCF can be used to acquire green space and/or restore riparian corridors. Local governments, park and joint recreation districts, conservancy districts, soil and water conservation districts, and non-profit organizations located in Franklin County are all eligible to apply for these grant funds.

     

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