- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is awarding nearly $300,000 to universities, local governments and nonprofits to monitor water quality.

Recipients announced Tuesday by the Department of Environmental Quality include Saginaw Valley State University, which is getting more than $61,000 to monitor Bad Axe Creek in Huron County; and Calvin College, which is getting more than $56,000 for Plaster Creek in Kent County.

The Kalamazoo County Office of the Drain Commissioner received more than $39,000; Western Michigan University got about $37,000; and the Wayne County Department of Public Services received nearly $36,000 to monitor the Rouge River in two counties.

Other recipients include the Clinton Conservation District, which is receiving about $29,000; the Schrems West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which got about $24,500; the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, which is getting about $15,000.

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