MiCorps grants to support volunteer efforts to track water quality

Five volunteer organizations will be helping the state of Michigan track water quality starting this year, with grant upport from the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps).

The grants, awarded through the MiCorps Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program, will provide training and operational support for the volunteer groups to help them obtain high-quality data on the state’s water resources. Such data is critical to the Department of Environmental Quality’s efforts to protect and manage the state’s water resources.

Now in its second year, the MiCorps program was established by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to assist the efforts of the state’s volunteer water quality organizations.

“Volunteer water quality groups represent a significant resource in our state’s efforts to keep tabs on and protect water quality in our rivers, streams, and the lakes they drain into, including the Great Lakes,” said Lt. Gov. John Cherry, vice chair of the Great Lakes Commission, which administers the program. “These dedicated volunteers greatly expand our ability to monitor water quality in our state and help us achieve our goal of protecting Michigan’s environment and public health.”

Read the full DEQ news release here.

For immediate release: August 24, 2006
Contact: Robert McCann, office: 517-241-7397

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