Lansing — Officials say state grants are available to support volunteers interested in monitoring the health of streams in Michigan.

The Department of Environmental Quality says $50,000 is available to divide up. Proposals are being accepted from local governments and nonprofit groups for three types of grants.

One type is for monitoring of macroinvertebrates, or small insects and animals such as clams and snails. Another type is for helping to form new volunteer groups that will focus on macroinvertebrates. The third is for helping groups establish programs to assess the condition of stream crossings and to protect and improve streams throughout particular watersheds.

The Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant Program is part of MiCorps, a network of volunteer monitoring programs.

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