Grants available for monitoring Michigan streams
By Andy McGlashen • January 24, 2012
The Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission today announced the availability of $50,000 in grants for projects to monitor the health of Michigan streams.
Nonprofit organizations and local governments are eligible for funding to monitor water quality, habitat conditions and populations of benthic macroinvertebrates–aquatic insects, mollusks and other creatures that are indicators of stream health.
New volunteer stream monitoring groups are eligible for training and for funding to help them establish strategic plans.
Funding is available through the Michigan Clean Water Corps, or MiCorps. The program was created eight years ago to provide stream data to the DEQ, and has since made $340,000 in grants.
Applications are due by Feb. 17. Application materials and instructions are available here.