| Michigan Stream Cleanup Program
Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program
2013 Stream Cleanup Grants Awarded
have been selected to receive 2013 Volunteer River, Stream and Creek
Cleanup grants totaling more than $39,000 to be awarded by the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
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 2013.
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.
selected to receive funding in 2013:
- Germfask Township - Manistique River Clean
clean high use areas where wildlands and people interact; raise awareness
of the river, its recreational opportunities, and the need to maintain
these areas; and increase the appeal of Germfask and the Seney National
Wildlife Refuge as a destination.
- City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services
- A2 Keeping the River Clean, $3,254
keep a 7-mile stretch of the Huron River free of trash throughout
the summer season while building knowledge and understanding of the
river and its ecosystem among groups of volunteers who will become
stewards of the river now and in the future.
- Tuscola Conservation District - 5th Annual
Cass River Cleanup, $600
a 5-7 mile section of the river from the dam in the City of Vassar
to M-46, removing trash, tires, and scrap metal.
- Barry Conservation District - 18th Annual
Thornapple River Clean Up, $1,800
remove all safely accessible trash from the water and along the banks
along 85 river miles while recruiting volunteers from at least six
- Macatawa Area Coordinating Council -
Macatawa River Volunteer Cleanup, $1,000
clean 2 miles of stream by removing trash, polystyrene, old tires,
construction materials, and assorted plastics, while educating volunteers
on water quality issues.
- City of Evart - Muskegon River Cleanup,
conduct a river cleanup day along 9 river miles through the City of
Evart to a landing near Benzing Road in Osceola County.
- St. Joseph County Conservation District
- River Clean Up Project 2013, $2,750
implement the third stage of a 5-year plan to clean all 150 miles
of the county's rivers, cleaning roughly 29 miles in 2013.
- City of Grand Rapids - 10th Annual Mayors'
Grand River Cleanup, $4,500
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.
- Hillsdale Conservation District - Headwaters
River Clean-up Project, $2,653
the St. Joseph River, Kalamazoo River, Grand River, and River Raisin
watersheds for trash removal, including 12 of the 18 townships, 264
square miles of land, and 70 miles of flowing main stream water from
their heads to their exit of the county.
- Van Buren Conservation District
- River Rescue 2013, $2,360
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
- Shiawassee County Health Department -
16th Annual Shiawassee River Clean-up, $1,875
remove trash and debris from the mainstem of the Shiawassee River
from Byron to Oakley, targeting rural areas for tires and large debris
- Calhoun Conservation District - Klean the Kazoo,
out a cleanup along a 2.5-4 mile section of the Kalamazoo River from
the Whitehouse Nature Center at Albion College to the City of Albion's
Rieger Park, while increasing volunteer participation for the event.
- Jackson County Drain Commissioner - Portage
River Volunteer Cleanup, $1,145
restore the Portage River, and the Upper Grand River which it feeds
into, to meet Michigan Water Quality Standards, while removing trash
and debris from approximately 10 miles and increasing public awareness
of the issues affecting the Upper Grand River and improving recreational
opportunities on the Portage River.
- Monroe Conservation District - River
Raisin Rubbish Removal, $2,538.91
clean a 10 mile section of the River Raisin and collect and dispose
- Kent Conservation District - Rogue River
improve the quality of the Rogue River by conducting a cleanup along
approximately 3-5 miles of the river between the City of Rockford
and Plainfield Township, and to engage the community and local media
about cleanup efforts.
- Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission
- Flint River Clean Up, $2,900
remove unsightly debris from the banks of the Flint River at 17-20
sites across the Flint River watershed with the help of volunteers.
- Grand Traverse Conservation District - 9th
Annual Boardman River Clean Sweep 2013, $1,150
To conduct the 9th annual community-wide cleanup of the Boardman
River in conjunction with the American Rivers' National River Cleanup
2013 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.
- Mason-Lake Conservation District - Pere Marquette
Paddle Down-River Cleanup, $945
To pick up all litter along a 17 mile stretch of the Pere Marquette
River and on the banks within sight of the river, instill a conservation
ethic in tourists who use the upper reaches of the river, and promote
the use of the lower reach for tourists who seek a more challenging
paddle along the river.
Department of Environmental Quality Press Release, dated April 4,
about specific volunteer opportunities, please visit our Calendar
of Cleanup Events for contact information for each project.