LANSING (AP) — Fourteen communities around Michigan are getting state grants to host river, stream and creek cleanup activities.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy timed the awards totaling more than $29,000 to coincide with Earth Day.

Local governments often work with nonprofit organizations or other volunteers for the cleanups, which include removal of trash and other debris from streams and stream banks.

The grant program began in 1998 and is funded with money from the sale of the state’s water quality protection license plates.

Grants are administered by the Great Lakes Commission. A list of this year’s recipients is available online.

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