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      Michigan awards $97 million to fix sewer systems

      <p>Michigan is providing nearly $100 million in grants and loans to local governments to fix aging or overwhelmed sewer systems.</p>

      Michigan is providing nearly $100 million in grants and loans to local governments to fix aging or overwhelmed sewer systems.

      Gov. Rick Snyder's administration on Wednesday announced more than 90 communities will receive the first round of funding. The governor has proposed setting aside another $97 million in the next fiscal year, too.

      The money was generated under a 2002 bond authority and earmarked for sewer planning and projects under a 2012 law.

      Department of Environmental Qualify Director Dan Wyant says Michigan's sewer infrastructure is aging and heavy rains are taxing water treatment facilities, allowing raw sewage into the environment. The goal is to provide funding so communities can plan for infrastructure maintenance and improvements.

      Demand for the new program is high. More than 580 applications will have to wait.