Announcements / Opportunities

Grant Funding Available for Aquatic Nuisance Control Projects

 

“Greeter on Duty” welcome signs like this one at Lake Ninevah are displayed when a public access point is staffed with a greeter. Photo credit, VTDEC.

“Greeter on Duty” welcome signs like this one at Lake Ninevah are displayed when a public access point is staffed with a greeter. Photo credit, VTDEC.

The Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-in-Aid grant program supports both native and non-native species management projects and is available to Vermont municipalities. Projects supported since 1994 include programs to control Eurasian watermilfoil, purple loosestrife, curly leaf pondweed, and nuisance native aquatic plants, and aquatic invasive species spread prevention programs. Supported management methods have included the use of mechanical controls, benthic barriers, herbicides, and physical removal by hand. Spread prevention programs have included public access “greeter” programs, boat wash stations, searches for invasive species in a water body, and education and outreach initiatives. 

Funding for Grant-in-Aid Grants comes from a portion of annual revenues from state motorboat registration fees and often additional federal funds. For a project to be considered for funds in 2014, a completed application package should be submitted in electronic format and emailed to Ann Bove (ann.bove@state.vt.us) by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.