Van Buren Conservation District Gets Grant For Creek Cleanup

A $250,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be used by the Van Buren Conservation District to reduce E coli levels in a couple of southwest Michigan creeks. The district’s Colleen Forestieri tells WSJM News they’ll use the money to work with farmers on reducing runoff into Pine and Mill Creeks.

“Ones that spread manure,” Forestiari said. “We’ll be doing some specific projects, testing and different management practices, reduce the amount of E coli coming off of those fields,” Forestiari said.

The grant will come in over three years. The conservation district will also use it to work with nearby property owners on making sure their septic systems are properly maintained.