2014-03-06 / Outdoors

Outdoors Briefs

DEQ grants available for waterway monitoring

LANSING – The DEQ and Great Lakes Commission announced

75,000 available across several grant programs for volunteer river, stream and creek monitoring and cleanup.

The Michigan Clean Water Corps, or MiCorps, is offering

50,000 for the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program and the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Startup Grant Program. MiCorps www.micorps.net) is a network of volunteer monitoring programs designed to assist the DEQ.

The Monitoring Grants support volunteer training and water quality data collection to monitor benthic macroinvertebrate communities and habitat characteristics in wadeable streams and rivers. Local units of government may partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups to carry out the work. A 25 percent minimum local match is required.

For more information or to apply:

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program – visit http://www.micorps.net/ app/ gap14. html. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on March 31. For information contact Dr. Paul Steen, Huron River Watershed Council, (734) 769- 5123, psteen@hrwc.org or Bill Dimond, Surface Water Assessment Section, Water Resources Division, DEQ, (517) 284-5528, dimondw@ michigan.gov.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Startup Grant Program – visit http:// www.micorps.net/ app/ startup14.html.

2014 Michigan Fishing Guide now available

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources has announced the release of the 2014 Michigan Fishing Guide, which includes rules and regulations effective from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015. Copies of the guide can be obtained at any location where fishing licenses are sold.

This year’s guide is the second year the DNR has implemented improvements geared toward the request of anglers. The 2014 guide is printed on higher quality paper to better withstand the wear and tear of fishing in Michigan, is of a smaller physical size (better able to fit in anglers’ tackle boxes), and includes an easier-to-read font size.

The 2014 Michigan Fishing Guide will also be available in a user-friendly, electronic format online at www.michigan.gov/ fishingguide starting April 1.

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