Water quality testing limited to few beaches

By GREG MONAHAN

Capital News Service

Michigan received $152,000 in federal grants for 2014 to monitor the cleanliness of its lakes and beaches.

Many beaches in Michigan will not be monitored with federal funds this summer. (Photo: USGS)

Many beaches in Michigan will not be monitored with federal funds this summer. (Photo: USGS)

That’s more than $200,000 less than the state was allotted in 2013, according to Department of Environmental Quality toxicologist Shannon Briggs.

And state lawmakers have already spoken for nearly two-thirds of this year’s money by allocating $100,000 of it to the Macomb County Health Department in southeast Michigan.

“We had a re-direct of $100,000 of that $150,000,” said Brad Wurfel, communications director for the Department of Environmental Quality. “It is done.”

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Health centers receive cancer screening grants

By CELESTE BOTT

Capital News Service

LANSING – Twenty-two community health centers are receiving federal grants to improve quality of care, especially for reproductive cancer screenings for women.

The Michigan centers are among 810 nationwide to receive grants funded by the Affordable Care Act.

Facilities receiving $55,000 grants include Cherry Street Services in Grand Rapids; the Ingham County Health Department in Lansing; Center for Family Health in Jackson; Upper Peninsula Association of Rural Health Services Inc. in Marquette; and Detroit Community Health Connection.
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State promotes spaying, neutering of pets

By PATRICK LYONS

Capital News Service

LANSING — Grants to support spaying and neutering in Michigan shelters will help save animal lives, experts say.

Steve Hall, the director of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, received $9,173 from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to allow his shelter to pay for more work time from its veterinarian.

“That would allow us to spay or neuter an additional 312 animals, and that is 312 animals that would otherwise be euthanized,” Hall said. Continue reading

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New grants to support safe disposal of drugs

By XINJUAN DENG

Capital News Service

LANSING – The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will distribute $250,000 in grants to help communities properly dispose of household drugs.

Chad Rogers, a DEQ environmental quality analyst, said, “This is the first time the fund has been specifically targeted at household drug collection.”

The grant comes from a pollution prevention program. Continue reading

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