Mich Enviro Report: Rifle River Update & New Science Summer Camp at SVSU

As heard on Friday Edition, June 24, 2011, Delta College Q-90.1 FM …
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A project to restore the Rifle River watershed is making waves.

In the last month, the project has received $30,000 from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network. According to Huron Pines, the funding will go to improve stormwater management in West Branch.

The money will help to install rain gardens in the city, along with other stormwater management upgrades, during the next two years.

Local volunteers from Trout Unlimited recently took to the river to find and document streambanks that are suffering from erosion. More than 40 erosion sites were documented, along with new areas of concern, according to the Huron Pines group.

Other funding to the project has come from the Americana Foundation of Novi and the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The watershed project aims to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrient pollution that enters the Rifle.

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Need something to keep the kids busy this summer? Send them to college.

Saginaw Valley State University is offering a new half-day summer camp. The STEM camp, for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, will offer hands-on activities for children in grades three through eight.

Students in STEM will work on various projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The camp is being taught by teachers and scientists from throughout the region. A junior camp, for students entering grades three through five runs from July 11-14. A senior camp for upcoming sixth through eighth graders is July 18-21.

Both camps run from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The cost of the STEM camp is $100. For more information, call 964-4114 or log on to svsu.edu.

— Photo via Huron Pines
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