LANSING -- State officials are offering grants to volunteer groups willing to keep an eye on water quality in Michigan's streams and rivers.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Great Lakes Commission have $50,000 in grant money to distribute. Local governments and nonprofit groups are eligible to apply.
Most grants total $1,000 to $3,000, although they can go as high as $10,000. They can pay for training, supplies or local leadership.
The grants are provided through the Michigan Clean Water Corps, a network of volunteer water monitoring programs now in its seventh year. Participating groups study tiny invertebrates and wildlife habitat in streams and rivers shallow enough for wading.