The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) announces over $1.3 million in grant awards to address sediment and nutrient pollution problems statewide.
“ERP’s grant program is a competitive grant program that targets the State’s high priority clean water needs,” explains Kari Dolan, ERP Manager. “The grants target uncontrolled sources of stormwater and agricultural runoff and erosion, restoration of floodplains, streams, and wetlands, and revegetation of buffers along riverbanks and shorelines.”
Applicants include municipalities, watershed and lake associations, conservation districts, and regional planning associations. Adds Dolan, “Municipalities, local groups, and regional organizations are important partners in our collective effort to restore and safeguard the State’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands.”
The grant awards are the result of the first of two competitive grant rounds that ERP has planned for 2014. ERP expects to announce the second competitive grant round in early October.
For more information or to see a list of the ERP grants awarded, visit the ERP website: watershedmanagement.vt.gov/erp