The Vermont Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-in-aid grants program is now accepting applications for project year 2016. Projects that address aquatic invasive and nuisance species are encouraged to apply. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
Municipalities and agencies of the state are eligible to receive ANC Grant-in-aid grants. These grants support aquatic invasive and nuisance plant and animal management programs – control, spread prevention, and educational projects.
Vermont Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-in-aid grants are administered by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. The grant program is funded by a portion of annual revenues from state motorboat registration fees and often federal funds. The grant program has supported over 67 municipalities since 1994.
For the 2016 program, an estimated $450,000 is available to fund three categories of aquatic invasive and nuisance species projects: the management of new infestations, projects aimed at preventing or controlling further spread, and recurring maintenance projects.
Past funded projects have included: a variety of control measures to manage the invasive aquatic plant, Eurasian watermilfoil; mechanical removal of nuisance native aquatic plants; hand harvesting of the invasive aquatic plant, European frog bit; public access greeter spread prevention programs; early detection initiatives; and the development of long-range management plans, among others.
The 2016 application and instructions are available on line at: http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/grants.htm