AmeriCorps Ohio Stream Restore Corps

In recognition of National AmeriCorps Week activities, I thought folks might like to know something more about our AmeriCorps Ohio Stream Restore Corps. Since 2009 30 AmeriCorps member have been placed in location within Appalachia Ohio to work in and with communities to meet needs and make a difference for the future. The theme this year for the AmeriCorps week is “AmeriCorps Works.” To learn more about how Ohio Stream Restore Corps impacts communities read on.

Since its inaugural year in 2009, AmeriCorps members have been placed with six watersheds throughout Appalachia Ohio. Currently they are serving watersheds in Athens, Hocking, Perry, Morgan, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Meigs and Galia counties.

Rural Action AmeriCorps Watersheds became Rural Action Ohio Stream Restore Corps in August of 2011 to reflect expansion of the program into 3 other sectors of work within watersheds. Housed within Rural Action is Environmental Education and Appalachian Zero Waste Initiative. The Buckeye Trail Association accepted the challenge of increasing public trail access and providing trail maintenance for local Appalachia Ohio counties.

So what do AmeriCorps members actually do? Here are some examples:

  • Water quality monitoring and data collection
  • Classroom and after-school environmentally focused activities and teacher training workshops
  • Community outreach activities, projects and events
  • Volunteer recruitment, management and oversight
  • Development of community education and volunteer opportunities such as clean-ups, tree plantings, trail hikes, adopt-a-highway projects, stream sweeps
On March 9th, 2012, posted in: Latest News by

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