State Agency Awards Grant to St. Johns-Based Conservancy

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, or EGLE, recently announced grants totaling $431,000 for five projects – including one in St. Johns – that will benefit Michigan lakes and streams by developing new or updating existing watershed management plans.

The management plans will help restore impaired waters and protect high-quality waters by reducing non-point sources of sediment, nutrients for implementation funds offered annually by EGLE’s Non-point Source Program.

The Clinton Conservation District in St. Johns has been awarded $71,967 to develop a new watershed management plan for Stony Creek, a sub-watershed of the Maple River. The creek is impacted by excess E. coli, sediment, and nutrients from urban and agricultural sources, according to the state agency.

Other organizations and projects selected to receive funding are:

  • The Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings was awarded $110,973 to develop a new watershed management plan for Cedar Creek, a sub-watershed of the Thornapple River that has been impacted by elevated E. coli concentrations and excess nutrients, erosion and sedimentation.
  • The Ottawa Conservation District in Grand Haven will receive $134,320 to develop a new watershed management plan for the Pigeon River watershed, a cold-water coastal tributary impaired by elevated E. coli levels and affected by flashy flows and excess nutrients.
  • The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey was awarded $88,715 to update watershed plans for the Cheboygan and Lower Black River watersheds, as well as develop a new protection-oriented plan for the Mullet Lake watershed.
  • The Glen Lake Association I Glen Arbor will receive $25,025 to update the protection-oriented Glen Lake-Crystal River Watershed Management Plan by incorporating new water quality monitoring data as well as collecting new watershed inventory data.

The grants are funded under Section 205(j) of the federal Clean Water Act. Grants were offered via a request for proposals.

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