Aquatic Weed Control Program

Grants to North Carolina Local Governments to
Remove Invasive Plant Species from Waterways

GrantWatch ID#: 174344
Agency Type:


North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)


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Grants and technical assistance to North Carolina counties, municipalities, utility providers, soil and water districts, and other government agencies to mitigate infestations of invasive aquatic weeds species.

Funding is intended to assist North Carolina citizens and local governments burdened with aquatic weed infestations. The philosophy is that by responding early to localized outbreaks, the Division of Water Resources can mitigate the long-term economic and environmental impacts these species impose.

The program is well equipped and is able to provide management and eradication operations, infestation surveys, and site assessments. Staff is available to provide recommendations and offer a free consultation. While financial support is only available to local government agencies, private landowners are eligible to receive technical assistance.

Aquatic weeds are found in North Carolina:

- Alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides)
- Creeping Water Primrose (Ludwigia grandiflora)
- Egeria (Egeria densa)
- Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)
- Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta)
- Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata)
- Parrotfeather (Myriophyllum aquaticum)

Financial assistance and operational support in the form of cost-share arrangements are available to Counties, Municipalities, Soil and Water Districts, Drainage Districts, Public Utilities, and other government agencies.

Private landowners are eligible for technical assistance but not operational or financial support. Private landowners can also contact their county offices of the Agricultural Extension Service for further assistance.

A telephone call, letter or email may serve as the initial communication in the application process. Be prepared to describe the problem in detail.

Program staff will need to conduct a site visit in most circumstances.

A resolution approved and signed by the local board or council will serve as the official application for assistance. A Model Resolution is attached below.

Requests received by October 15 of each year will be considered for inclusion in the work-plan for the following year.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Rob Emens
(919) 707-9012

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
217 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

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