MACD News Blog

Barry and Dickinson Conservation Districts Receive DEQ Recognition

Friday, April 04, 2014

Congratulations to the Barry and Dickinson Conservation Districts for receiving the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Nonpoint Source Program's recognition as 2013 Success Stories! 

The Nonpoint Source Program works with stakeholders at the watershed level to support the restoration and enhancement of Michigan's surface water resources by protecting waterbodies from nonpoint pollution sources. Nonpoint sources are the diffuse pollution sources that enter water bodies through multiple sources.

The Barry Conservation District was recognized for their leadership on the Nashville dam removal which took place in 2009. The removal of the dam and installation of a rock ramp restored the river's natural channel and hydraulics, which successfully increased Dissolved Oxygen concentrations to the point that the river is now meeting water quality standards. The success of this project will allow the DEQ to remove a 27 mile reach of the Thornapple River from the DEQ nonattainment list in 2014.  The dam removal also improved fish passage, wildlife and fish habitat and recreational opportunities.

The Dickinson Conservation District was recognized for the Fitzgerald Creek exclusion project which eliminated unlimited cattle access to the creek through the use of best management practices (BMPs) in 2007. The project was part of the Hamilton Creek Watershed project and included two livestock crossings, stream bank stabilization, and 5,510 linear feet of fence to exclude cattle from the stream and wetland. Results of this project showed greatly improved instream habitat and riparian conditions, including increased populations of macroinvertabrates.

The Barry and Dickinson Conservation Districts were recognized during the Michigan Water Environment Association's Watershed Summit which took place on March 26, 2014.

To learn more about these projects, visit the DEQ Water Resource Division's webpage: Updates from the Water Resource Division, or contact the Barry Conservation District or the Dickinson Conservation District,

Conservation Districts Awarded DEQ Funding for Scrap Tire Cleanups

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wayant announced on Friday, March 14th, the grant awards for the 2014 Scrap Tire Cleanup Program.  MACD is pleased that five Conservation Districts were awarded a total of $56,500 for scrap tire cleanup days in their local communities:

Hillsdale Conservation District: $45,000

Jackson Conservation District: $12, 500

Mason-Lake Conservation District: $3,000

Missaukee Conservation District: $3,000

Ogemaw Conservation District: $3,000

Several other communities were awarded funding through the program which in 2014 will provide funding for the complete cleanup of seven scrap tire sites and 27 community cleanup days.  To learn more about the program, visit the DEQ Scrap Tire Program Page.  To learn more about the Conservation Districts that received a Scrap Tire Program grant, click on the name of the Conservation District above.

To view the grant announcement press release, click here.

Conservation Districts Awarded Cleanup Grants

Friday, April 05, 2013

Michigan Conservation Districts Rock!

"Wow" was my first thought when I received the April 4th DEQ and Great Lakes commission press release which announced the 2013 River, Stream and Creek Cleanup grants. 

I am proud as punch of Michigan's Conservation Districts and the amazing work they do.  As the local providers of natural resource management services, they provide the technical, educational, financial and just plain good old inspiration to help landowners, land managers and communities to conserve our lands and waterways.  

The announcement made by the DEQ and Great Lakes Commission is confirmation that Michigan Conservation Districts are ready once again to take the lead, in this case to dive in to address the trash in our treasured waterways.

Check out the many Conservation Districts in the list of groups selected to receive funds in 2013: 

·         City of Charlotte, “9th Annual River Cleanup Day” - $838.65
·         Germfask Township, “Manistique River Clean Up” - $845
·         City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, “A2 Keeping the River Clean” - $3,254
·         Tuscola Conservation District, “5th Annual Cass River Cleanup” - $600
·         Barry Conservation District, “18th Annual Thornapple River Clean Up” - $1,800
·         Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, “Macatawa River Volunteer Cleanup” - $1,000
·         City of Evart, “Muskegon River Cleanup” - $2,175
·         St. Joseph County Conservation District, “River Cleanup Project 2013” - $2,750
·         City of Grand Rapids, “10th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup” - $4,500
·         Hillsdale Conservation District, “Headwaters River Clean-up Project” - $2,653
·         Van Buren Conservation District, “River Rescue 2013” - $2,360
·         Shiawassee County Health Department, “16th Annual Shiawassee River Clean-up” - $1,875
·         City of Battle Creek, “2013 Global Citizens River Conservation Day” - $1,500
·         Calhoun Conservation District, “Klean the Kazoo” - $2,570
·         Jackson County Drain Commissioner, “Portage River Volunteer Cleanup” - $1,145
·         Monroe Conservation District, “River Raisin Rubbish Removal” - $2,538.91
·         Kent Conservation District, “Rogue River Cleanup” - $1,615.75
·         Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission, “Flint River Clean Up” - $2,900
·         Grand Traverse Conservation District, “9th Annual Boardman River Clean Sweep 2013” - $1,150
·         Mason-Lake Conservation District, “Pere Marquette Paddle Down-River Cleanup” - $945

Districts Get it Done!

Additional information on the Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program is available online at

GM Foundation Provides $5,000 Grant to the Eaton Conservation District

Friday, August 03, 2012

With the help of GM Lansing Operations the General Motors Foundation will provide $5,000 to support the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and the Eaton Conservation District to focus on the care and management of Michigan's natural resources.

The donation was made as part of the Foundation's Plant City Grants initiative that in 2012 will award more than $1 million to nearly 200 organizations in 43 plant cities where GM employees live and work. Through these grants, the GM Foundation is building stronger communities and enriching the lives of our neighbors.

GM Lansing Regional Manufacturing Engineering Director Jeff Bell made the award on behalf of the Foundation at the Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant habitat.

The General Motors Foundation grant will support MACDs efforts through programs at the Eaton Conservation District to encourage land users to adopt conservation practices that protect soil, water, and related natural resources.

“Investment in our community and environment is very important to us,” Bell said. “Lansing Delta Township Plant is a good example of how it’s possible to incorporate sustainable practices into large scale manufacturing facilities. MACD reinforces GM’s environmental goals with their commitment to improving the environment by conserving resources.”

Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant is gold certified from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED certification is the building industry’s well-respected recognition of superior energy and environmental design and construction. Seventy-five acres has been set aside to preserve existing plants and wildlife habitat.

Andrea Stay, Executive Director from the Eaton Conservation District said: "We are fortunate to have General Motors as a local partner in our community. We have worked together on multiple events over the years including school presentations, Arbor Day celebrations, pollinator garden planting, Bioblitz, and the Woods and Water 5K.  We appreciate their dedication to natural resources, and to their local partners.”

The General Motors Foundation grants made across the country are given to a wide-variety of organizations that families rely on to provide much needed services, improve education and impact the quality of life within their respective communities. The grants to these organizations and institutions will make these communities even greater places to work, live and grow.

About the GM Foundation

Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation