The Ohio EPA has awarded five environmental education grants to organizations within the state.

Two of the five grants will be given to local organizations in Columbiana and Mahoning Counties.

According to the release, one grant will go to the Columbiana County Educational Service Center. That grant is worth $40,563 and will help fund a professional development project to help teachers in four local school districts teach about the importance of clean water.

The project will use the Ohio project WET and Project Wild programs and cover topics including the impact of healthy water on the Hellbender Salamander, an endangered species in northeast Ohio.

The release says a second grant totaling $27,935 will go to the Boardman Local School District. The grant will help fund a project with Boardman Center and Glenwood Junior High and High Schools to monitor water quality of Mill Creek's watershed.

The project plans to develop an extensive educational program through Project WET and Project Wild.

The grant Boardman Local Schools will receive help create educational kits and be used in environmental education programs.