Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Watershed Management Division
02/09/18 4:00 PM
Grants to Vermont municipalities and state agencies to address aquatic nuisance species. Priority will be given to projects that manage new infestations or establish innovative programs. Secondary consideration will be given to projects that control or prevent the further spread of nuisance species. Third priority will be given to recurring maintenance projects.
An “aquatic nuisance” is an undesirable or excessive substance or population that interferes with the recreational potential or aquatic habitat of a waterbody, and includes plants, animals, and algal populations. Applications are reviewed to determine whether the proposed project is suitable to control or to minimize the effect an aquatic nuisance has on water quality and water use.
In establishing priorities for individual projects, the following criteria are considered: public accessibility and recreational uses; importance to commercial, agricultural or other interests; the degree of local interest; local efforts to control aquatic nuisances; other considerations affecting feasibility, probability of achieving long-term control, and necessity or advantage of the proposed work; and the extent to which the control project is a developmental rather than a maintenance program.
Additional criteria considered in approving requests and determining the amount of any grant include: the use of the waters by persons outside the municipality in which the waters are located; the long-range effect of the control project; the recreational use of the waters; and the effectiveness of municipal shore land zoning and other controls in minimizing or preventing existing or new development from having any adverse effects on the waters subject to the control program.
Below is a summary of some of the projects the Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-in-Aid has funded since its inception.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Survey:
Applicant conducts a survey of the waterbody for aquatic plant species, including nuisance species. The results will assist in informing the municipality and the State of the diversity and abundance of all aquatic species present including native, non-native, and invasive species, and the extent of the nuisance species. This provides base-line data for any future or potential aquatic nuisance or invasive infestations. Surveys are often subcontracted to private lake management specialists.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan:
Applicant hires a reliable subcontractor to survey and map the entire waterbody for the known aquatic nuisance species. The final Management Report will assist in informing the Municipality and the State of the extent of the nuisance species, and recommendations to potentially manage the species. This provides options for the Municipality, and informs its citizens on potential techniques for managing local aquatic nuisance or invasive species infestations. The development of these plans is often subcontracted to private lake management specialists.
Invasive Species Education and Outreach Program:
Whether invasive species are a threat or have been found, the Applicant can develop an education and outreach program to build the capacity to limit the spread of the species within a waterbody or to other waterbodies. The Applicant may request funds to develop and distribute reference, outreach, or marketing materials and supplies. Complimentary additional assistance and technical expertise may also be available from AIS staff.
Implementation of a Greeter Program or Expansion of a Greeter Program:
Applicant develops or maintains a Public Access Greeter Program at a public access on a local waterbody. Grant funds can be used for greeter salaries, physical materials needed on-site (i.e. a greeter shelter), and other associated costs. To receive funding, a person associated with the program must attend a public training offered by the State once every other year.
GrantWatch ID#: 177313
A grant for 75% or less of the total estimated project cost may be awarded. Individual grant awards will not be more than 10% of available annual grant funds.
All deliverables must be completed no later than December 31, 2018.
The applicant must be a municipality or an agency of the State. If the waterbody where the project takes place is in more than one municipality, the municipalities may file a joint application. However, a joint application is not required. All funds will be granted directly to the Applicant. Local interest groups such as lake associations must apply through the municipality in which the waterbody is located.
A grant for 75% or less of the total estimated project cost may be awarded. Grant recipients must contribute at least 25% of the final eligible project cost through in-kind labor (unpaid personnel), in-kind services and/or actual cash expenditures (all from non-state sources). If federal funds are awarded, the match requirement may be greater than 25%. Only in-kind match accrued in the grant project year is eligible.
Applications are due by 4:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018.
-Identify contractors for aquatic plant survey: March-April, 2018
-Develop press release and disburse to local media that State funds were received for the project: April, 2018
-Interview and hire Public Access Greeters: April-May, 2018
-Implement volunteer monitoring and hand pulling of invasive plants: May-September, 2018
-Begin Public Access Greeter Program: May 28, 2018
-Initiate mechanical harvesting activities: July, 2018
-End harvesting activities: August 31, 2018
-End Greeter Program activities: September 6, 2018
-Develop and submit final report: October, 2018
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications should be submitted in electronic format to:
Maria Davies, DEC Grant Manager
For additional information or questions regarding the application or grant process, please contact: