DEQ Announces $342,141 in Water Trail Grants


The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announced $342,141 in Coastal Zone Management grants awarded to 10 coastal communities, nonprofit organizations and universities for projects that comprehensively plan for local, regional or statewide coastal water trails along the Great Lakes. These grants enhance public access to coastal areas; encourage stewardship of coastal, cultural, and historic resources; increase accessibility for all users; support local and regional waterfront redevelopment plans and facilitate water trail development within Michigan and among its neighboring states.

The Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program provides grant funds to assist in the development of vibrant and resilient coastal communities through the protection and restoration of our sensitive coastal resources and biologically diverse ecosystems. The goal of the program is to promote wise management of the cultural and natural resources within our coastal boundary by fostering environmental stewardship, furthering research to support science-based policies and regulations, and providing excellent customer service. Funding for the program is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through a state and federal partnership established under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

The entities to receive funding include:

  • Arenac County in the amount of $25,625
  • Bay County in the amount of $17,000
  • Clinton River Watershed Council in the amount of $41,190
  • Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy in the amount of $15,000
  • Land Information Access Association in the amount of $86,257
  • Mason-Lake Conservation District in the amount of $12,590
  • Monroe County in the amount of $11,000
  • Northeast Michigan Council of Governments in the amount of $20,000
  • West Michigan Environmental Action Council in the amount of $95,674
  • Western Michigan University in the amount of $17,805

For a map of these projects, click here. For additional information about the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, please visit our website at