2013-04-11 / Community

Germfask Twp. receives grant

DEQ awards $845 to clean Manistique river

LANSING – The Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission recently announced more than $39,000 in grants to fund river, stream, and creek cleanup events around the state. An award of $845 was given to Germfask Township for “Manistique River Clean Up.”

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides $500 to $5,000 grants to local units of government to improve Michigan’s waters by cleaning up rivers, streams, and creeks.

Local governments often partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups to perform the cleanups, which include removal of trash and other debris from streams and stream banks. Removal of natural materials like fallen trees, branches, and rocks is not allowed under this grant program.

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program began in 1998 and has been funded through various public acts. Since 2001, funds for this program have originated from the sale of the state’s water quality protection license plates. Grants are administered by the Great Lakes Commission, under contract with the DEQ. These grants help foster local stewardship and a sense of community while protecting Michigan’s waters.

Additional information on the Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program is available online at http:// www.glc.org/streamclean/ or by e-mailing Laura Kaminski, Great Lakes Commission, at laurak@glc.org, or Bill Dimond, DEQ, at dimondw@michigan.gov.

Quick Facts

The Department of Environmental Quality recently awarded more than $39,000 in grants to fund river, stream and creek clean-up.

Gerfask Township received a $845 grant to clean up trash and other debris from a portion of the Manistique River.

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