LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Joseph Bellino on Wednesday applauded an announcement from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy that 19 grants totaling approximately $600,000 have been awarded to support watershed and conservation efforts.
“Michigan is home to some of the best natural landscapes on this planet,” said Bellino, R-Monroe. “These grants will go a long way in preserving our water resources for future generations and help identify and eliminate pollution, encourage better environmental management and help local entities carry out their missions of being good stewards of the environment.”
Grants are limited to $40,000 per applicant, and the projects will be completed within a year of receiving the grants.
Grant funding can be used for organizational and administrative support for watershed organizations; outreach and educational activities for a variety of watershed issues; installing best management practices to control nonpoint sources of pollution; developing watershed management plans; water quality and aquatic life monitoring; among other issues.
Among the organizations and projects selected to receive funding is the River Raisin Watershed Council in Adrian. The council will receive $39,940 to support local conservation efforts.
The grants are issued by EGLE’s Nonpoint Source Program, which helps local stakeholders reduce pollution and excess runoff by supporting efforts to develop and launch watershed management plans. The NPS program typically issues three requests for proposals each year with the next available later this month at Michigan.gov/NPS.
To see the full list of grant recipients, click here.