Michigan awards grants for lake and stream protections

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan agency is awarding grants totaling more than $3.9 million for projects intended to benefit lakes and streams through development of watershed management plans.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says the grants will help restore impaired waters and prevent runoff of sediment, nutrients and other contaminants.

Lenawee Conservation District is getting the largest sum of money — $773,522 for efforts to reduce phosphorus flows to western Lake Erie.

The city of Pleasant Ridge is receiving $608,498 to reduce impervious surfaces and install rain gardens and bio-swales in the Red Run Watershed.

A $550,000 grant was awarded to Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy for a conservation easement protecting a 200-acre (81-hectare) property covering a section of Petobego Creek and 1,400 feet (427 meters) of Skegemog Lake shoreline.