The Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition and the Two Rivers Coalition recently received Special Opportunity Grants (Emergency Grants) to support urgent projects or those that present, a special, time-limited opportunity for lake, river, and wetland protection efforts that may not coincide with the application timeline of our Spring and Fall grant deadlines. Maximum funding available for Special Opportunity Grants is $500 USD.
The Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition was formed as an ad hoc citizen action group in the spring of 2007, to oppose an EPA-approved plan to dump polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB)-contaminated river sediments at a former paper mill site. Now, as a nonprofit organization, they continue to engage EPA, Responsible Parties, area residents, and other stakeholders to find suitable solutions to clean up the Kalamazoo River.
The EPA has now published a Feasibility Study, outlining PCB cleanup options. The cleanup method is to be selected within the next few months. Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition considers it imperative that Kalamazoo residents are aware of options, and have input into the selected cleanup method.
Freshwater Future is funding a public meeting where Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition will inform area stakeholders about the cleanup options, obtain public input, and provide advocacy for the best possible re-use of the affected land.
Two Rivers Coalition is a citizen based group working to protect the health of the Black River and Paw Paw River Watersheds through conservation, education, and advocacy. Their current initiatives include phosphorus ban education and outreach, a buffer incentive program, wetland restoration and protection, and septic system education and outreach.
Freshwater Future funding was used to help host a workshop for about 75 decision makers and citizens about the benefits and mechanics of managing stormwater runoff with green infrastructure. Decision makers were provided with resources such as sample master plan language and zoning ordinance models and encouraged to use the new Michigan Low Impact Development Manual.