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Enviro-Mich message from "Ralph Reznick" <REZNICKR@state.mi.us>
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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact:  Ken Silfven
August 4, 2000                                                                                              (517) 241-7397

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announces the availability of funding for volunteer monitoring projects, public beach monitoring, implementation of approved watershed plans, development of watershed plans, and for projects that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in waterbodies that are water quality limited or threatened (total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) watersheds).  Funds are available through four separate grant programs as follows:

1) The DEQ is now accepting applications to fund Volunteer Monitoring projects under the Clean Michigan Initiative Clean Water Fund.  A total of $50,000.00 is available for Volunteer Monitoring grants this year.  This grant requires a minimum 25% local match of funds, which may include in-kind services.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2000.

The funds are available to local units of government and non-profit entities to conduct water quality monitoring activities in wadable streams and rivers.  The monitoring is intended to consist primarily of evaluations of the benthic invertebrate community (the insects and other organisms living in the river or stream) and stream habitat, but may also include collection and analysis of water samples.  The DEQ will provide technical training on the monitoring protocol to all successful applicants.

A grant application package, containing detailed information on this grant opportunity as well as the instructions and application forms, can be obtained by calling Ms. Yuronda Glasscoe at 517-373-2190, or downloaded from the internet at www.deq.state.mi.us/swq.  For more information, please contact Ms. Nicole Vidales, Surface Water Quality Division (SWQD) at 517-241-9534, or vidalesn@state.mi.us. 

2) The DEQ is now accepting applications to fund Public Beach Monitoring projects under the Clean Michigan Initiative Clean Water Fund.  A total of $193,000.00 is available for Public Beach Monitoring grants this year.   This grant requires a minimum 25% local match of funds, which may include in-kind services.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2000.

County Health Departments are eligible for funding and are encouraged to apply either individually or in groups.  Monitoring projects should be specifically designed to assess compliance with water quality standards.  Applicants that receive funding through this program are required to submit E. coli data to the DEQ for inclusion in a statewide database.

A grant application package, containing detailed information on this grant opportunity as well as the instructions and application forms, can be obtained by calling Ms. Denise Page at 517-335-6969, or downloaded from the internet at www.deq.state.mi.us/swq.  For more information, please contact Ms. Shannon Briggs, SWQD, at 517-335-1214, or briggssl@state.mi.us. 

3) The DEQ is now accepting applications to fund projects which Implement Physical Improvements in Approved Watershed Plans under the Clean Michigan Initiative Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grant Program.  Approximately $7 million is available for implementation projects in this round of funding.   This grant requires a minimum 25% local match of funds, which may include in-kind services.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2000.

The funds are available to local units of government and non-profit entities for implementing physical improvements in DEQ-approved watershed management plans.  Approved watershed management plans are those that have been approved, in writing, by a SWQD District Supervisor or the Chief of the Nonpoint Source Unit.  Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans developed under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, are approved watershed management plans.  Physical improvements are vegetative and structural best management practices.  Some eligible activities may require permits from the DEQ.

A grant application package, containing detailed information on this grant opportunity as well as the instructions and application forms, can be obtained by calling Ms. Veronica Willard at 517-373-2867, or downloaded from the internet at www.deq.state.mi.us/swq/nps/frontpages1/Cmi.htm.  For more information, please contact Mr. Robert Sweet, SWQD, at 517-335-6967, or sweetr@state.mi.us.

4) The DEQ is now accepting applications to fund projects which Develop Watershed Management Plans, Implement Non-Physical Improvements in Approved Watershed Plans, or for Targeted Nonpoint Source Control Efforts (in TMDL Watersheds) under the Federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant Program.  Approximately $3 million is available as grants to local units of government, non-profit entities, and federally recognized tribal entities.   Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2000. 

The DEQ's priority for the use of Section 319 Grant funds this year is the development of DEQ-approvable watershed plans.  Watershed planning projects require a minimum 10% local match, which may include in kind services.  Two other categories will also be considered for funding.  The first category includes projects that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in waterbodies that are water quality limited or threatened.  These waterbodies are scheduled for the development of TMDLs to meet water quality standards.  The second category includes implementing non-physical improvements in DEQ-approved watershed management plans.  Such activities may include information and education activities, modifying ordinances and other land use controls, and implementing managerial best management practices.  Both of the later two categories require a minimum of 25% local match, which may include in-kind services. 

A grant application package, containing detailed information on this grant opportunity as well as the instructions and application forms, can be obtained by calling Ms. Veronica Willard at 517-373-2867, or downloaded from the internet at www.deq.state.mi.us/swq/nps/frontpages1/Cmi.htm.  For more information, please contact Mr. Robert Sweet, SWQD, at 517-335-6967, or sweetr@state.mi.us.





Ralph Reznick, P.E.
Nonpoint Source Unit
Surface Water Quality Div.
MI Dept. of Environmental Quality
517-373-0340

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