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E-M:/ state mda funds grant to promote healthy lawn, garden practices

Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>

Contact: Denise Yockey
Marketing & Communications Div., 517-373-1104
Contact: Jack Knorek
Environmental Stewardship Div., 517-241-2178
June 5, 1998
Michigan Agriculture Department Issues Grant to
Promote Healthy Lawn, Garden Practices

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Dan Wyant today announced
the issue of a $6,500 grant from the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship
Program to fund the Healthy Lawn and Garden Practices Program that
encourages environmentally-friendly gardening in Southeast Michigan.

"We are pleased to partner with local agencies such as the South Oakland
County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) and the Metropolitan Detroit
Landscape Association to teach environmentally-friendly means of caring for
yards and gardens in Southeast Michigan," Wyant said.  AThis grant allows
SOCRRA, which pioneered these practices in Southeast Michigan, to provide
Healthy Lawn and Garden training for homeowners and paraprofessionals who
work with the gardening public.@

Healthy Lawn and Garden Practices aims to reduce chemical risks to
groundwater and reduce waste in the home.  The practices tell homeowners
how to build fertile soil with organic matter, recycle yard clippings
on-site, encourage beneficial insects, and practice integrated pest
management (IPM) to reduce chemical needs.

Homeowners can learn more about Healthy Lawn and Garden Practices by
contacting Lillian Dean of SOCRRA at 248-546-5818.

The Healthy Lawn and Garden grant is part of MDA's Groundwater Stewardship
Program, which has issued nearly $3 million in grants to public and
nonprofit organizations in 1998.  The Groundwater Stewardship Program
provides information, resources and technical assistance to users of
pesticides and nitrogen fertilizer to help identify risks to groundwater,
in cooperation with other state, local and federal agencies.  For more
information on the program contact Jack Knorek at 517-335-2874.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture is the official state agency charged
with serving, promoting and protecting the food, agriculture and
agricultural economic interests of the people of the State of Michigan.
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(This news release can also be viewed on the World Wide Web at

Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

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