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Arenac and Wexford county receive $3.4 sewer upgrades to address contaminated water

Old sewage systems have contaminated surface and groundwater in Arenac County for years, according to officials with the Michigan USDA.

This month the USDA announced more than $3 million in grants will be going to two towns in Arenac and Wexford counties to fix these systems. Continue reading

Another million for Michigan waters

The Michigan DNR has awarded one-and-a-quarter million dollars to 7 projects through its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.

Friends of the Shiawassee received the single largest donation, $365-thousand, for their dam removal project.

Gary Burk is the Board Director for the Friends, he says the project is important for a number of reasons.

“We were actually approached by the State as to whether we could be a local agency to help direct grant dollars and project management for the removal of that dam. There’s a number of reasons for the removal. It’s a deteriorated structure, and we’d like to restore connectivity to the river. Plus, there have been some drownings at the dam.”

For a full list of the projects that were awarded grant money from the DNR visit their website here.

CMU receives nearly 400K for invasive species research

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CMU has been awarded nearly $400,000 to expand its work on controlling invasive species in Michigan, which was the second highest grant amount received among 19 other organizations.

According to the DNR, the grant aims to evaluate and expand management tools for invasive species in the Great Lakes.
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Federal funding boost for Great Lakes basin

great_lakesThe USDA is set to provide 1.2 billion dollars over five years to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program in order to improve water quality and wildlife habitats in the Great Lakes basin.
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Habitat for Humanity receives funding for affordable housing

Stack of MoneyLow income families struggling to find affordable housing are receiving some help from a state grant.

Habitat for Humanity Michigan was recently awarded a grant of 1.1 million dollars to help Michigan families find homes. Continue reading

CMU awarded $10,000 for pilot alternative credit project

Central Michigan University is one of the 25 schools in the nation to receive a grant for a project for nontraditional transfer students.

Officials said the pilot program would allow certain transfer students, to transfer credits from a wider array of institutions potentially including credits from free or low-cost institutions.

CMU is the only recipient in Michigan to be awarded a grant for the ACE Alternative Credit Project.

The American Council on Education Alternative Credit Project awarded a total of $1.86 million to schools. CMU Global Campus officials said they received a $10,000 grant.

Many of the accepted transfer schools are low or no cost institutions. Continue reading

DNR grants more than $1 million in wildlife grants

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On The Ground MUCC Courtesy Photo.

Wildlife enthusiasts, landowners and hunters may see more wildlife in the coming year thanks to habitat funding.

DNR officials announced this month that one million dollars in grant money has been awarded to Michigan individuals and organizations.
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Support for Michigan agriculture continues to grow

farmingNorthern Michigan agriculture is receiving a boost through new grant money, as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.

The USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will provide nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state. Continue reading

CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research receives nearly quarter million in funding

wet leaf Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research, or IGLR, has recently received $274,157 to enhance its research of coastal wetlands.

The funding comes by grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin Sea Grant.

Dr. Don Uzarski, Director of the IGLR, says this research is crucial to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

“Imagine a coastal wetland just along the shoreline of one of the Great Lakes. That coastal wetland is somewhere between a truly aquatic system and something upland. It’s essentially the last line of defence of anything coming off the landscape has to go through that coastal wetland, and that coastal wetland has the function of removing that material before it makes it into the great lakes.”

Uzarski says over time, the U.S. has lost half of its native wetlands.

In certain areas, like the Saginaw Bay region, up to 95 percent of the coastal wetlands have been repurposed or severely impacted by invasive species.

The newly announced funding comes on top of a five-year $10-million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that IGLR researchers are already receiving.

Grant to initiate new visitor program for early childhood education


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Central Michigan University is set to receive up to $150,000 to set up a visiting educator exchange program with a focus on early childhood education.
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