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Local communities among EGLE grant recipients

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy officials have announced that 39 communities will receive more than $406,000 through the Source Water Protection Grant Program to safeguard public water supply systems.

Among those municipalities and their award amounts are:

City of Battle Creek – $36,600.

City of Charlotte – $1,050.

Village of Lake Odessa – $2,775.

Village of Middleville – $3,250.

City of Otsego – $6,500.

City of Portland – $9,000.

Village of Vermontville – $4,500.

The program provides communities with matching grant financial assistance to protect their source water from contamination. As part of the Source Water Protection Program, communities that rely on wells will define the area contributing drinking water to their wells, identify potential contaminants within that area, and implement management strategies and educational activities to protect their water supply.

Grants also are available to communities utilizing surface water as their drinking water source. The City of Grand Rapids has been awarded a grant of $15,000 to develop and implement a surface water intake protection plan.

Most of the awards are $5,000 or less. The largest grant, $70,000, was awarded to the City of Kalamazoo.

The next round of applications will be solicited from public water supply systems in May 2020.

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