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Announcements from the Michigan Clean Water Corps | February 16, 2016




Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grants Available for 2016


The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), a network of volunteer monitoring programs in Michigan, is pleased to announce $35,000 in grant funds available for two types of volunteer stream monitoring in Michigan.



The Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program is now accepting funding proposals under two different topical areas as part of MiCorps. Local units of government and nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive funding under both of the following two areas:



·         The Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey grants support volunteer work to monitor benthic macroinvertebrate communities and habitat characteristics in wadeable streams and rivers. The funds support training and water quality data collection helping state and local efforts to protect and manage water resources. The grants may be used to fund a local monitoring coordinator and/or purchase water quality monitoring supplies. There is a maximum dollar amount of $14,000 per grant award for two-year projects under this funding area.



·         The Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey start-up grants are for newly forming volunteer monitoring groups. Funds assist with designing a local monitoring program and strategy, or for development of a full proposal for a future Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program cycle. Start-up grant recipients have access to MiCorps resources and training. There is a maximum dollar amount of $3,000 per grant award for one-year projects under this funding area.



Now in its 12th year, the MiCorps program was established to assist the Michigan DEQ in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs. MiCorps has awarded nearly $574,000 in Clean Michigan Initiative grant funds to volunteer organizations to assist in water quality assessments.



For more information on the MiCorps program or these grant opportunities, please visit the MiCorps website at: https://micorps.net.



Grant application packages, which include grant information and application instructions, are available at: https://micorps.net/register/gap16.html and https://micorps.net/register/startup16.html.



Grant applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.


Questions about the grant application process should be directed to Dr. Paul Steen, Huron River Watershed Council, at 734-769-5123 or psteen@hrwc.org; or Ms. Marcy Knoll Wilmes, Water Resources Division, DEQ, at 517-284-5544 or knollm@michigan.gov.



Interested in becoming a volunteer monitor?

Please visit https://micorps.net for more information!






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