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

Aquatic Weed Control Program


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Funding Source
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/15/23 Save

Grant Description
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 goal of the program is to offer assistance and develop partnerships to more efficiently manage aquatic weeds across the state.

The two primary objectives are:

  • Respond to localized infestations to mitigate the long-term economic and environmental impacts that noxious aquatic weeds impose.
  • Reduce the frequency of aquatic weed introductions through education and public awareness.

The program is able to provide management and eradication operations, infestation surveys, and site assessments. Staff is available to provide recommendations and offer a free consultation. Public Lands can receive financial and technical assistance, operational support, aquatic plant identification, and treatment recommendations. Private Lands may receive technical assistance, aquatic plant identification, and treatment recommendations.

For a list of Noxious Aquatic Weeds recognized by NC DEQ, see the URL for Full Text, below.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
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.

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

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.

Management plan:

Contact Information
Rob Emens, Aquatic Weed Program Manager
(919) 707-9012

Andrew Gay, Aquatic Weed Specialist
(919) 707-9020

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

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