Seven Northern Michigan Conservation Groups Awarded Grants For Stream Cleanups, Monitoring

Seven conservation districts and non-profit organizations in northern Michigan have been awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy for stream cleanup and monitoring through the Michigan Clean Water Corps program.

MiCorps, a network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs created by EGLE, engages people in collecting water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs.

The MiCorps Volunteer Stream Cleanup Program awards grants to local governments to clean and improve Michigan’s waterways, which includes removing trash and other man-made debris from streams and stream banks.

The following local governments received funding for 2022:

  • Benzie County Conservation District – $750
  • Grand Traverse County Conservation District – $2,550
  • Newaygo County Conservation District – $5,000

The MiCorps Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program awards grants to local governments and non-profit organizations to conduct volunteer-based water quality and stream habitat monitoring through benthic macroinvertebrate surveys and habitat tests.

According to EGLE, three monitoring grants are available: startup grants to help organizations with learning and planning, implementation grants to help fund the first two years of monitoring and maintenance grants to help organizations already monitoring replace equipment and continue their program.

Antrim County Conservation District was awarded $5,000 in startup grants, while the Manistee County Conservation District, the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay and the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council were each awarded $2,000 in maintenance grants.

For more information about MiCorps, click here.