Calvin College has received a $375,622 state grant to strengthen cleanup efforts in the Plaster Creek watershed, long one of the region’s most polluted streams.
The grant, from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will be used for community education efforts, faculty and student research, and to reduce storm water running into the creek.
Calvin, which sits partly in the 58-square-mile Plaster Creek watershed, has been involved in efforts to restore the creek over the past several years.
Calvin faculty from were among the founders of Plaster Creek Stewards, a group whose members also include the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and a growing group of churches from within the watershed, according to Calvin. In 2011, the group received a $58,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.