The Blue Water Area Conservation District has been awarded three grants to help implement voluntary conservation projects on private lands.
The District, which assists with soil and resource conservation in Macomb, Sanilac, and St. Clair counties, received grants totaling $149,500 to implement the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program to teach land stewardship practices and prevent agricultural pollution.
The District also received a $69,000 grant for their portion of the Conservation Technical Assistance program which employs conservation experts statewide. They also received a $78,500 grant for the Produce Safety Program to help farms of all sizes voluntarily improve produce safety. The Blue Water District was one of only six in the state to receive the Produce Safety Grant.
The awards are among $6.5 million granted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Environmental Stewardship Division to 57 Michigan Conservation Districts.
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland