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Friday, 05 April 2013 11:57

Governments in Michigan get share of cleanup funding

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Officials say 20 governments around Michigan are getting a share of more than $39,000 to fund river, stream, and creek cleanup events. The state Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission on Thursday announced funding through Michigan's Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program. It provides $500 to $5,000 grants to improve Michigan's waters. Local governments often partner with nonprofits or other volunteer groups to perform the cleanups, which include removal of trash and other debris from streams and stream banks. Removal of fallen trees, branches and rocks isn't allowed under the program.  Projects include work in the Tuscola Conservation District. The 5th Annual Cass River Cleanup is set to receive $600 to clean a 5-7 miles section of the river from the dam in the City of Vassar to M-46, removing trash, tires, and scrap metal.