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E-M:/ RE: MDEQ Nonpoint Source Grants/Conference

Just a reminder . . . the upcoming "Smart Growth for Clean Water" Conference (deadline fast approaching!) will have specific information and a presentation from MDEQ staff on putting in applications for these watershed project grants. With $2,900,000 available in grant funding in 2005, this conference should be of interest to anyone working on stormwater management issues in Michigan. . .

REGISTER TODAY at http://www.mecprotects.org/conference.htm

Smart Growth for Clean Water
February 24, 2005
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Registration Deadline: February 21, 2005

Keynote Address with Congressman John Dingell

The "Smart Growth for Clean Water" conference will provide local government officials, planners, development professionals and community members valuable information about funding opportunities, innovative tools and grassroots strategies to address water quality concerns through growth management tools. Special sessions will address compliance with new federal stormwater management regulations, and case studies on innovative and cost-effective ways to protect Michigan's precious water resources, including drinking water, aquatic ecosystems and scenic coastal areas.

- Funding session with Robert Sweet, Michigan DEQ water grants program
- Diane Regas, EPA Director of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
- Don Chen, Executive Director, Smart Growth America
- Dan Kildee, Genesee County Land Bank
- Janis Bobrin, President of Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners

- Conan Smith, Executive Director, Michigan Suburbs Alliance

- Lana Pollack, President, Michigan Environmental Council

- Case studies with state and federal experts

Panel discussions led by state and national experts will highlight specific Smart Growth land use planning tools and innovative stormwater management strategies for addressing impervious surfaces that limit the land's natural ability to absorb, filter and store rainfall. Participants will also learn about tools such as brownfield redevelopment, open space preservation, cluster zoning and purchase of development rights (PDR) programs, that have proven to be viable, cost-effective solutions for managing stormwater and protecting watershed resources. Using Smart Growth techniques can also allow municipalities to apply for a greater number of private and public grants and loan programs to fund local projects.

Registration for the conference is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. For a complete agenda, speakers list, or additional information visit
http://www.mecprotects.org/conference.htm or contact Ben Stupka at (517) 487-9539, or by e-mail benmec@voyager.net.

Hosted by Smart Growth America, the Michigan Environmental Council, Growth Management Leadership Alliance, and the Michigan Suburbs Alliance

Brad Garmon

Land Programs Director

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette Suite 2A

Lansing, MI 48912

Ph. 517-487-9539

Fax 517-487-9541

Email: bradmec@voyager.net


Michigan Environmental Council: Celebrating Our 25th Year in 2005



From: owner-member@www.mienv.org [mailto:owner-member@www.mienv.org] On Behalf Of Patrick Diehl
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:26 AM
To: member@mienv.org
Subject: MDEQ Nonpoint Source Grants Available


The long-awaited "Section 319" grants are now available!

Important note for applicants in the Clinton River watershed:
The Clinton River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) can no longer be used as an
"approved watershed plan" under this program because it does not meet
certain new federal requirements. However, plans (and funding) are in place
to update the RAP to meet these new requirements in the next 18 months. We
advise potential applicants to proceed with the understanding that the RAP
will be eligible as an approved watershed plan within this period.


Grant applications for funding watershed projects under Michigan's Nonpoint
Source Program are now available from the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality.

Watershed projects can either develop a comprehensive watershed management
plan or implement recommendations from previously approved watershed plans
to control nonpoint sources of pollution and protect water quality.

Grant applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 8, 2005, to be
eligible.  Grant applications are available at the DEQ, Constitution Hall,
525 West Allegan Street, Lansing, and can also be viewed at
www.michigan.gov/deqnonpointsourcepollution then click on "grant applicant

Michigan's NPS Program was developed under the federal Clean Water Act and
approved in 1989.  Since then, the NPS Program has assisted organizations in
protecting and enhancing water quality by addressing runoff and other
diffuse sources of pollution on a watershed basis.

For further information on this grant program, contact Mr. Robert Sweet at
(517) 335-6967, or e-mail sweetr@michigan.gov.

Jessica Pitelka Opfer
Executive Director
Clinton River Watershed Council
101 Main Street, Suite 100
Rochester MI 48307
Phone 248-601-0606
Fax 248-601-1280
Web www.crwc.org


















Patrick Diehl

Associate Director

Michigan Environmental Council

119 Pere Marquette Drive, Ste. 2A

Lansing, Michigan 48912


517-487-9541 fax



Celebrating MEC's 25th Anniversary in 2005