Communities receive DEQ Wellhead Protection grants


Forty five communities will share nearly half-a-million-dollars in grant money from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Officials said the Wellhead Protection grant program is designed to identify the sources for local water systems and to look at potential risks to the water or potential sources of contamination.

The city of Newaygo is receiving one of the larger grants, $20,000.  The award amount is based on the population in the area the number of ground water wells.

Jason Berndt is with the DEQ.

“They will be updating their Wellhead Protection Program Plan that was done originally in 2002, and it’ll update their program to provide, basically roles and responsibilities of their team members.  Um, it’ll identify their source water and where it comes from, basically all those (seven) elements of that go into (the) Wellhead Program Protection Plan,” Berndt said.

Berndt said another common use of grant funding is for community education about the local water system.

Other communities receiving smaller grants, focused more on less expensive needs such as public information, include Gladwin, Harrison and Rogers City.