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E-M:/ FW: DEQ Press Release on MiCorps volunteer stream monitoring grants

Enviro-Mich message from "Ric Lawson" <rlawson@glc.org>

-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Pat Watson
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 2:17 PM
Subject: New DEQ Press Release - May 5, 2005

May 5, 2005

Contact:  Robert McCann
                (517) 241-7397

MiCorps Awards First Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grants

Four volunteer organizations have been chosen to receive the first water
quality monitoring grants to be awarded by the recently established Michigan
Clean Water Corps (MiCorps).   MiCorps was established by Governor Jennifer
M. Granholm to more fully utilize the state's volunteer water quality
monitoring organizations.  

The grants, awarded through MiCorps' Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program,
will support efforts to obtain reliable data on water quality in the state
of Michigan.  Such data is critical to the Department of Environmental
Quality's efforts to protect and manage the state's water resources.

Groups selected to receive funding and their projects are the Muskegon River
Watershed Assembly (Muskegon River Water Monitoring Program); Tip of the
Mitt Watershed Council (Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program); Watershed
Center, Grand Traverse Bay (Grand Traverse Stream Search); and Lake Superior
State University (Citizen Volunteer Stream Monitoring for the St. Mary's
River and its Sault Sainte Marie Watershed). 

"The DEQ is pleased to partner with these organizations to help us achieve
our goal of protecting Michigan's environment and public health," said DEQ
Director Steven E. Chester.  "MiCorps allows citizens across the state to
work together and share ideas on how we can best keep the waters of Michigan
clean for generations to come."

The goal of the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program is to provide funding,
training, and support to monitoring groups to ensure that they are
collecting reliable, high-quality data.  MiCorps provides training and
support to the grantees, and the resulting data will be used by the DEQ as a
screening tool and as supplemental data for water resources management

The Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program was established by the DEQ in 1998
and placed under MiCorps administration this year.  Through 1994, it awarded
nearly $250,000 in monitoring grants to 31 volunteer organizations.  This
year, it awarded $38,561 in grants to the 4 recipients, which were selected
from a pool of 16 applicants.   Applications for 2006 MiCorps grants program
will be accepted this fall. 

Other recent MiCorps actions include the development of a Web site to
facilitate the exchange of data and information among monitoring groups, and
publishing the first issue of MiCorps Monitor, a semiannual newsletter on
volunteer monitoring issues specific to Michigan.

For more information, visit the MiCorps Web site at www.micorps.net.


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