For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2019
For More Information:
Marcy Knoll Wilmes, firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-342-4348
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) celebrated the 49th anniversary of Earth Day with the announcement of more than $29,000 in grants to fund river, stream and creek cleanup events in 14 communities around the state.
Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program provides grants to local units of government to clean and improve Michigan waterways. 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 to ensure the continued health of the waterway.
The groups selected to receive funding in 2019 include:
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 GLC, under contract with EGLE. These grants help foster local stewardship and a sense of community while protecting Michigan’s waters. For more information, visit www.glc.org/work/VRSCCP.
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