- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A group is getting a $1.1 million state grant to expand cleanup efforts in a polluted western Michigan watershed.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1skJLwt ) Plaster Creek Stewards will do work including creating rain gardens and restoring habitats at three sites in the Plaster Creek watershed. The group includes Calvin College students, faculty, staff and community members.

The grant, the group’s largest since launching in 2009, runs from 2015 to 2017. Restoration sites were chosen based upon their locations, visibility and environmental characteristics.

Officials say the projects are part of a long-term effort to restore the health of the creek, which has been polluted by animal waste, leaking septic tanks, fertilizer and gypsum mining. The Plaster Creek watershed covers 58 square miles, from Caledonia to Grand Rapids.

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Online:

http://www.calvin.edu/admin/provost/pcw

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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