Sixteen organizations have been selected to receive 2014 Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup grants totaling nearly $33,000 to be awarded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Michigan’s Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program (VRSCCP) provides small grants in the range of $500 to $5,000 to local units of government to help implement cleanup of trash and debris within or along the banks of rivers, streams, and creeks to improve the waters in Michigan. Grant applications were received, reviewed and assessed by Great Lakes Commission and DEQ; award notices went out to grantees in June 2014.
Funding for the VRSCCP is provided by DEQ through fees collected from the sale of the State’s Water Quality Protection license plates (Public Act 74 of 2000). The Great Lakes Commission administers the VRSCCP on behalf of the DEQ.
Groups selected to receive funding in 2014:
- City of Charlotte – 10th Annual River Cleanup Day, $720
To clean up and improve approximately 1.5 miles along Butternut Creek and 2 miles along the Battle Creek River within the City of Charlotte and to educate the public about the importance of such efforts.
- St. Joseph County Conservation District – River Clean Up Project 2014, $1,388
To implement the fourth stage of a 5-year plan to clean all 150 miles of the county’s rivers, cleaning roughly 19.5 miles in 2014.
- Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation – Healing the Bear River Cleanup, $1,726
To maintain ecological and aesthetic integrity of the Bear River by involving the community in keeping it clean and healthy and by removing trash from at least the three highest priority areas along the river.
- Grand Traverse Conservation District – 10th Annual Boardman River Clean Sweep 2014, $1,590
To conduct the 10th annual community-wide cleanup of the Boardman River in conjunction with the American Rivers’ National River Cleanup 2014 and the National Cherry Festival, including river and bank trash pick-up of human induced trash along all navigable segments of the River totaling approximately 30 miles.
- Shiawassee County Health Department – 17th Annual Shiawassee River Clean-up, $1,800
To remove trash and debris from the mainstem of the Shiawassee River and adjacent banks from Byron to Oakley, targeting rural areas for tires and large debris items.
- Huron River Watershed Council – Huron River Coordinated Cleanups, $4,500
Aid in collaboration and coordination of numerous existing river cleanups and the creation of new cleanups while engaging volunteers to maintain the cleanliness of the Ann Arbor and Milford stretches of the river and increase the cleanliness of the downriver stretches of the river.
- Jackson County Conservation District – Upper Grand River Watershed 24th Annual Cleanup, $3,787
To clean 25 miles of the Upper Grand and its tributaries to improve the quality of the waters in Jackson and the Upper Grand River watershed as well as create and improve residents’ relationship
- River Raisin Watershed Council – River Raisin Rescue, $1,545
To remove anthropogenic debris from approximately seven miles on three different sections of the River Raisin throughout the summer.
- Van Buren Conservation District – River Rescue in the Black and Paw Paw River Watershed, $2,174
To improve the water quality and vitality of local creeks, stream banks, and the health and biodiversity of critical wildlife populations and habitats by removing anthropogenic sources of trash and debris from approximately 24.5 miles of waterway, while raising environmental concerns and water quality issues with participants on a personal level.
- City of Battle Creek – 2014 Krazy for the Kazoo, $1,350
To promote the protection of the water resources within the Kalamazoo River watershed, promote the beauty of the water resource, encourage continued stewardship of the resource, and participate in a watershed-wide cleanup effort on the same day through the removal of trash and debris from the water and along the river’s banks.
- Barry Conservation District – 19th Annual Thornapple River Cleanup, $2,200
To remove all safely accessible trash from the water and along the banks along 80 river miles while recruiting volunteers from at least seven watershed communities.
- Grayling Charter Township – Au Sable River Anual River Cleanup, $2,592
To clean approximately 75 miles of the mainstem, south branch and north branch of the Au Sable River, removing an estimated eight cubic yards of trash from the river.
- Allegan Conservation District – Krazy for the Kazoo River Cleanup, $945
To conduct a volunteer cleanup of a segment of the Kalamazoo River and a segment of a smaller tributary named Bush Creek to remove accumulated trash in order to make the waterways healthier and more aesthetically pleasing.
- City of Grand Rapids – 11th Annual Mayors Grand River Cleanup, $4,500
To remove waste from the Grand River, promote water quality, and increase West Michigan’s aesthetic appeal, making the Grand River and its tributaries a safer and cleaner place for West Michigan residents and an inviting place for visitors.
- City of Marshall – Krazy for the Kazoo, $1,350
To conduct in-river and river bank collection of trash at nine different area designations along roughly three miles of the Kalamazoo River, and to work together as a community towards the mission of preserving, protecting, and enhancing Marshall’s natural resources.
- Tuscola Conservation District – 6th Annual Cass River Cleanup, $630
To clean a 5-7 mile section of the river from the dam near Caro to M-46, removing trash, tires, and scrap metal.
View the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Press Release, dated June 13, 2014.
To inquire about specific volunteer opportunities, please visit our Calendar of Cleanup Events for contact information for each project.