A grant program initiated by the state and an environmental group appears to be a good way to conduct modest cleanups of rivers and streams.
The program, from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission, will use a total of $25,000 from the fees that DEQ collects from the sale of the state's water quality protection license plates.
Local units of government will have the ability to work with volunteer groups or non-profit organizations to apply for the money, which must be matched at a 25 percent rate.
Obviously, with such a small sum of money on the table, the state isn't thinking about big-ticket cleanup efforts here. But a number of small projects are certainly possible.
The application deadline is Jan. 22, with the DEQ and Great Lakes Commission reviewing all applications. Final decisions on grants will be made in early May.
The grant application package can be found at www.glc.org/streamclean/app13.htm.