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Great Lakes Protection Funding

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on
January 16 the availability of funding for Great Lakes research
projects under the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund.  The
deadline for submitting preliminary proposals is February 19.  

The fund, administered by the DEQ's Office of the Great Lakes,
provides a permanent source of funding to support research and
demonstration projects to improve and protect the quality of the
Great Lakes.  The fund is part of the regional Great Lakes
Protection Fund established by the eight Great Lakes governors
with contributions from each state.  Once fully funded, the Great
Lakes Protection Fund will hold $100 million and disburse between
$3 million and $4 million in grants.

Priority areas for this year's funding include support of projects that
will improve knowledge and understanding of pollution prevention,
nonpoint source pollution and land use in Michigan.  

Under the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Office of the
Great Lakes director is responsible for overall administration of the
program.  The Michigan fund also has an eight-member technical
advisory board that is responsible for making grant award
recommendations to the DEQ director.  Grants for projects selected
to receive funding will be awarded in June.  This year's awards are
expected to total about $800,000.

For more information, contact Mark Coscarelli, Office of the
Great Lakes, at 517-335-4056.