Five Northern Michigan Watershed Organizations Receive Conservation, Education Grants from EGLE

Five northern Michigan projects have received funding from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to support watershed organizations with conservation and educational efforts.

The Watershed Council Support grants are funded under the state’s Public Act 87 of 2021. EGLE says grants were limited to $40,000 per applicant, and the projects will be finished within a 12-month timeframe.

The grants are issued by EGLE’s Nonpoint Source Program, which “helps local stakeholders reduce pollution and excess runoff by supporting efforts to develop and implement watershed management plans.”

The following projects received funding from EGLE:

  • Grass River Natural Area, Inc., Bellaire, $20,494.
  • Pine River/Van Etten Lake Watershed Coalition, Oscoda, $12,917.
  • The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, $39,974.
  • Village of Fife Lake and Fife Lake Township, $40,000.
  • White River Watershed Partnership, Hesperia, $4,200.

EGLE received a total of 54 applications that requested more than $1.8 million in response to the request of proposals.