CLMCD to receive $500,000 grant for Munuscong River Watershed Restoration

SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN, The Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District (CLMCD) is pleased to announce they have been awarded a $500,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to help protect the Munuscong River Watershed under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program.

Funding under the program will help reduce nutrient loading from livestock farms within the Munuscong River Watershed. Priority sites will be chosen using the established Munuscong River Watershed Management Plan that was completed by CLMCD in 2013.

CLMCD is currently finalizing its contract with EPA with work to begin in April 2020. A full time Watershed Coordinator Position will be supported through grant funds to facilitate the implementation of grant activities. Additional funding and activities will be applied for to continue restoration efforts within the watershed.

“We are beyond excited to have been awarded this funding. Since stepping into my role in 2017 it has been a priority to re-establish our watershed program and obtain funding to implement restoration efforts outlined in the several watershed management plans CLMCD has completed over the last 20 years. Although this funding is just a small step to reducing all pollution within the watershed, CLMCD is committed to implementing all portion of the Munuscong Management Plan.” Said Mike McCarthy, Executive Director at the Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District.

The Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District is a local unit of state government located in Sault Ste Marie, MI. CLMCD is the largest Conservation District in the State of Michigan serving all of the Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac county. CLMCD is co-located with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA). CLMCD employs full time staff that can assist private landowners with their natural resources needs

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