DEQ awards grants to 16 local governments to host river cleanups

June 13, 2014

For More Information:
Brad Wurfel, 517-284-6713,
Bill Dimond, 517-284-5528,

The DEQ and the Great Lakes Commission today announced nearly $33,000 in grants to fund river, stream and creek cleanup events around the state.

Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program provides $500 to $5,000 grants to local units of government to clean up and improve Michigan’s waters. Local governments often partner with nonprofit organizations or other volunteer groups for 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.

The groups selected to receive funding in 2014 include:

• City of Grand Rapids, “11th Annual Mayors Grand River Cleanup” - $4,500
• Huron River Watershed Council, “Huron River Coordinated Cleanups” - $4,500
• Jackson County Conservation District, “Upper Grand River Watershed 24th Annual Cleanup” - $3,787
• Grayling Charter Township, “Au Sable River Annual River Cleanup” - $2,592
• Barry Conservation District, “19th Annual Thornapple River Cleanup” - $2,200
• Van Buren Conservation District, “River Rescue in the Black and Paw Paw River Watershed” - $2,174
• Shiawassee County Health Department, “17th Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup” - $1,800
• Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation, “Healing the Bear River Cleanup” - $1,726
• Grand Traverse Conservation District, “10th Annual Boardman River Clean Sweep 2014” - $1,590
• River Raisin Watershed Council, “River Raisin Rescue” - $1,545
• St. Joseph County Conservation District, “River Cleanup 2014” - $1,388
• City of Battle Creek, “2014 Krazy for the Kazoo” - $1,350
• City of Marshall, “Krazy for the Kazoo” - $1,350
• Allegan Conservation District, “Krazy for the Kazoo River Cleanup” - $945
• City of Charlotte, “10th Annual River Cleanup Day” - $720
• Tuscola Conservation District, “6th Annual Cass River Cleanup” - $630

The cleanup grant program began in 1998 and is funded by 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.

For more information, visit, or contact Laura Kaminski with the Great Lakes Commission at or Bill Dimond with DEQ at