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EGLE gives watershed grants to UP groups

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MARQUETTE, MI— Three Upper Peninsula groups have received money from the state to support watershed conservation and educational efforts.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy awarded Watershed Council Support grants to 20 groups around the state. Activities funded include environmental outreach to underserved communities, K-12 environmental educational efforts, watershed management planning, farm-based conservation efforts, and establishing buffers to control erosion.

The Mastodon Township Planning Commission in Crystal Falls received $7,720; the Iron County Watershed Coalition in Iron River, $40,000; and Michigan Technological University in Houghton was awarded $40,000.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.