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E-M:/ DEQ Press Release: Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Grants Awarded

Enviro-Mich message from "John Hummer" <jhummer@glc.org>

May 5, 2005

Contact:  Robert McCann (517) 241-7397

Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Grants Awarded

Eleven organizations have been selected to receive 2005 Volunteer River,
Stream, and Creek Cleanup grants totaling $24,610.82 to be awarded by the
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Michigan's Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides small
grants in the range of $500 to $5,000 to local units of government to help
clean up rivers, streams, and creeks to improve Michigan's waters.  Local
units of government often partner with nonprofit organizations or other
volunteer groups to carry out the cleanups.

Groups selected to receive funding in 2005 and their projects are: the city
of Livonia (Rouge River Rescue); city of Cadillac (Clam River Cleanup); city
of Muskegon (Muskegon Clean Streams 2005); Lake Superior State University
(Ashmun Creek Cleanup); city of Battle Creek (River Conservation Day);
Crawford-Roscommon Conservation District (AuSable River Cleanup); Genesee
County Drain Commissioner's Office (Flint River and Tributaries Cleanup);
city of Ann Arbor (Huron River Renaissance Cleanup); Columbia Township
(Black River Nature Sanctuary-Dump Collection); Barry Conservation District
(10th Thornapple River Cleanup); and the city of Buchanan (McCoy Creek Trail

Volunteer stream cleanup activities include the removal of trash and debris
from the water and along the banks and repositioning large woody debris that
blocks stream corridors to allow stream passage while maintaining the cover
necessary for fish and other aquatic organisms.

Michigan's VRSCCP began in 1998 and has been funded through various Public
Acts.  Since 2001, DEQ funds for this program have originated from the sale
of the State's Water Quality Protection license plates (Public Act 74 of
2000).  For the first time, the grants will be administered by the Great
Lakes Commission, under contract with the DEQ.

Additional information on the VRSCCP is available online at
http://www.glc.org/streamclean/ or by contacting John Hummer, Great Lakes
Commission, at 734-971-9135.


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