2015 Stream Cleanup Grants Awarded

VRSCCP-Photo-grants-cleanup3Thirteen organizations have been selected to receive 2015 Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup grants totaling nearly $25,000 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 April 2015.

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 2015:

  • Huron River Watershed Council – Huron River Coordinated Cleanups, $3,766

Aid in collaboration and coordination of numerous existing river cleanups and the creation of new cleanups while engaging volunteers to maintain the cleanliness of both upriver and downriver stretches of the Huron River and Mill Creek.

  • City of Grand Rapids – 12th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup, $3,750

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.

  • Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission – 5th Annual Ottawa County Grand River Cleanup, $3,000

To remove approximately 50 cubic yards of trash from a 20-mile section of the Grand River, while increasing awareness of nonpoint source pollution and stormwater infrastructure and recognizing the potential of volunteers to serve as water quality advocates and to come together to take ownership of the natural environment around them.

  • City of Detroit Recreation Department – Rouge Park River Clean Up, $2,625

To remove anthropogenic sources of trash in and along the banks of the Rouge River and its tributaries in Rouge Park, Detroit in conjunction with the Friends of the Rouge’s annual Rouge Rescue and the Friends of the Rouge Park’s Rouge Park Appreciation Day.

  • Caledonia Township – 20th Annual Thornapple River Clean Up, $1,850

To remove all safely accessible trash from the water and along the banks at or below the water’s edge along 75 river miles.

  • Van Buren Conservation District – River Rescue 2015, $1,600.50

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 13.25 miles of waterway, while raising environmental concerns and water quality issues with participants on a personal level.

  • Shiawassee County Health Department – 18th Annual Shiawassee River Clean-up, $1,593.75

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.

  • Bridgeport Charter Township Parks and Recreation – 7th Annual Cass River Clean-up, $1,415

To clean a five mile section of the Cass River with approximately 40-60 volunteers.

  • Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation – 2015 Healing the Bear River Cleanup, $1,294.50

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 – 11th Annual Boardman River Clean Sweep, $1,260

To conduct the 11th annual community-wide cleanup of the Boardman River in conjunction with the American Rivers’ National River Cleanup 2015 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.

  • St. Joseph County Conservation District – 2015 River Clean Up Project, $1,213.50

To implement the 5th stage of a five-year plan to clean all 150 miles of the county’s rivers, cleaning roughly 22.5 miles in 2015.

  • City of Jonesville – 41st Annual St. Joseph River Cleanup, $896

To clean between 8 and 23 miles of the St. Joseph River.

  • Village of Chesaning – 4th Annual Shiawassee River Cleanup, $630

To collect and properly dispose of trash along 3-5 miles of the Shiawassee River, while raising the community’s awareness of the importance of the event for maintaining and protecting the river as a natural asset and as part of the greater watershed.


View the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Press Release, dated April 27, 2015.

To inquire about specific volunteer opportunities, please visit our Calendar of Cleanup Events for contact information for each project.

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