Announcements / Opportunities

Aquatic Nuisance Species Grant Opportunity for Municipalities

The Department of Environmental Conservation is pleased to announce the availability of project year 2015 Application for Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-in-Aid Grants. This grant program  supports both native and non-native species management projects and is available to Vermont municipalities.  Past supported projects include control of invasive plants like Eurasian watermilfoil and nuisance native aquatic plants, and aquatic invasive species spread prevention programs like public access “greeter” programs.  Supported control methods have included the use of mechanical controls, benthic barriers, herbicides, and physical removal by hand.

Funding for Grant-in-Aid Grants comes from a portion of annual revenues from state motorboat registration fees and often federal funds.

For a project to be considered for funds in 2015, a completed application package should be submitted in electronic format (Portable Document Format preferred) and emailed to David Pasco (david.pasco@state.vt.us) by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

The Pelots Bay Association uses a mechanical harvester to harvest Eurasian watermilfoil from Pelots and Carry bays, Lake Champlain.  Photo credit, PBA

The Pelots Bay Association uses a mechanical harvester to harvest Eurasian watermilfoil from Pelots and Carry bays, Lake Champlain. Photo credit, PBA