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Volunteer stream monitoring grants awarded
May 2, 2012 12-0502
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Dr. Paul Steen, 734-769-5123, firstname.lastname@example.org
The DEQ and the Great Lakes Commission today announced eight organizations have been chosen to receive volunteer water quality monitoring grants under the MiCorps Program.
The MiCorps Program was established to involve and assist the state's volunteer water quality organizations with water quality assessments, protection, and stewardship of Michigan's lakes and rivers. These volunteer-dependent monitoring groups further expand the existing network of committed citizens who work to monitor water quality in Michigan.
The grants, awarded through the DEQ's MiCorps Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program, provide training and support for volunteers to collect quality data on the state's rivers and streams. Grants are funded by the approved Clean Michigan Initiative.
This year's awardees included four full grants and four start-up grants. Full grants provide two years of support for existing volunteer programs to monitor macroinvertebrate communities and habitat characteristics in wadeable streams and rivers. Start-up grants provide one year of support for organizations seeking to develop volunteer monitoring programs. The funding supports design of a monitoring strategy as a first step toward the development of a full proposal for a monitoring program.
The data collected through these volunteer water quality monitoring programs is used to support local activities and the DEQ's efforts to protect and manage the state's water resources. The eight organizations sharing nearly $54,000 in grant funds to support their volunteer monitoring work beginning in 2012 are:
The DEQ established the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program in 1998 and contracted with the Great Lakes Commission to administer it as part of MiCorps in the fall of 2004. The Great Lakes Commission also partners with the Huron River Watershed Council, the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., and Michigan State University in administering the MiCorps Program. For additional information about the Michigan Volunteer Stream Monitoring grants, please e‑mail Dr. Paul Steen, Huron River Watershed Council, at email@example.com.
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