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E-M:/ Funding for Great Lakes Research

Enviro-Mich message from "Martha Waszak" <WASZAKM@state.mi.us>

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced the availability of funding for Great Lakes research projects under  the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund (MGLPF).

The MGLPF, administered by the DEQ's Office of the Great Lakes (OGL), provides a permanent source of funding to support research and demonstration projects to improve and protect the quality of the Great Lakes.

The MGLPF is part of the regional Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) established by the eight Great Lakes governors with contributions from each state.  The current market value of the GLPF is $127 million which  returned approximately $5 million to the contributing states and disbursed another $5 million in grants in 1998.

"The Great Lakes Protection Fund represents a collective effort between the governors of the Great Lakes states that is vital to the protection and preservation of our shared water resources,"  OGL Director G. Tracy Mehan, III, said.  "This pertnership provides a permanent source of funding for research and demonstration projects that focus on the enhancement and health of the Great  Lakes ecosystem."

Priority areas for this year's funding include support of projects that will improve our knowledge and understanding of:

         1)  Natural Resources Stewardship and Land Preservation
         2)  Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
         3)  Emerging Priorities

"The Great Lakes are one of Michigan's most valuable resources," said Russell J. Harding, Director of the DEQ.  "It is our responsibility to ensure that they are healthy and protected for use now and into the future, and that is the objective of the Great Lakes Protection Fund."

Under the MGLPF, the OGL Director is responsible for overall administration of the program.  The MGLPF also has an eight-member Technical Advisory Board that is responsible for making grant award recommendations to the DEQ Director.

Grants for projects selected for funding under the program are scheduled to be awarded in July, 1999.  Grant awards for this year are expected to total approximately $1 million.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be accessed electronically from the OGL home page at: 

The deadline for submitting preliminary proposals is March 17.  For further information, or to obtain a hard copy of the RFP, contact Mark Coscarelli, Office of the Great Lakes, at 517-335-4056.

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