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Michigan Awards $880,000 For Coastal Protection

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The Round Island Light House on the east shore of Round Island in the shipping lanes of the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.  (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

The Round Island Light House on the east shore of Round Island in the shipping lanes of the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

LANSING (AP) - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded 22 grants totaling about $880,000 for projects designed to protect the state’s Great Lakes coasts.

The department says the recipients include coastal communities, nonprofit groups, state agencies and universities. The grants were announced this week.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is getting $24,000 for its adopt-a-beach program. Researchers at Central Michigan University will use a $44,500 grant to study birds and bats on islands and coastal areas of northern Lake Michigan.

Michigan Technological University’s $55,560 will support study of Keweenaw Peninsula streams affected by mining.

Grants totaling $100,000 will go to the Department of Natural Resources for studies of nearshore fish communities and habitat.

Funding for the Michigan Coastal Management Program comes from the federal government.

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