Aquatic Invasive Species Control Projects - 2016 Grant Program

For the control of curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, and flowering rush

 

This grant program is no longer accepting applications for 2016.

 

In order to provide grants in a timely manner, grant applications have been reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. We have now received sufficient applications to allocate all of the funds available in 2016.

A small amount of additional grant funding may become available in July, for projects to be completed in July, August, or September. If those funds do become available, this grant program will be open for applications again and that change will be announced on this website.

 

Program Purpose

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Program offers Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grants. These grants are intended to help fund the control of curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) or flowering rush (FR). This offer is an opportunity for local entities, such as lake associations, watershed districts, cities, and counties to receive state funding from the DNR for the control of these invasive aquatic plant species.

 

Grant Offer and Process

Approximately $200,000 is available for this grant program in 2016. These grant funds can be used for projects that control Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed or flowering rush using herbicides, mechanical control, or a combination of both. They are intended to support projects that have received an Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit (IAPMP). Grantees must pay project expenses up front and make all arrangements.

A small amount of additional grant funding may become available in July, for projects to be completed in July, August, or September. If those funds do become available, the final deadline for this grant program will be extended and that deadline change will be announced on this website.

In order to apply for these grant funds you must include with your grant application a copy of your 2016 Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit Application or a copy of the 2016 permit, if a permit has already been issued.

 

Funding Levels for Projects with Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permits

The grant offer will be based on the estimated permit acreage, which will be determined by DNR Invasive Species staff after a review of grant application materials. Grants will provide $50 per estimated acre for the first ten project areas. For projects greater than ten acres, the grant will provide $500 for the first ten acres and $100 per acre for the remaining estimated project acres. No grant will be more than $4,999 regardless of the number of estimated acres.

The DNR will reimburse grantees for eligible costs associated with treatment up to the grant amount. Eligible costs include the cost of treatment by a contractor and the cost of herbicide if it is purchased separately.

The DNR cannot reimburse costs for work done before the grant agreement is signed by all parties or work that is found by the DNR to be unsatisfactory or performed in violation of federal, state, or local law. In addition, a grantee may not receive reimbursement for costs that have already been reimbursed by another external funding source.

 

Examples of Reimbursement Calculations

Example 1:

  • The Little Lake Association receives a permit to treat five acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $250.
  • The Association treats five acres of curly-leaf pondweed for a cost of $1,500.
  • The Little Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $250.

Example 2:

  • The Round Lake Association receives a permit to treat 50 acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $4,500.
  • The Association treats 45 acres for a total costs of $15,000.
  • The Round Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $4,500.

Example 3:

  • The Very Large Lake Association receives a permit to treat 500 acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $4,999.
  • The Association treats 500 acres for a total cost of $125,000.
  • The Very Large Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $4,999.

Example 4:

  • The Long Lake Association receives a permit to treat 10 acres of curly-leaf pondweed and a grant for $500.
  • The Association treats two acres of curly-leaf pondweed for a total cost of $600.
  • The Association receives a different grant and reimbursement of $500 towards their costs from the county.
  • The Association receives a reimbursement of $100 from the DNR to cover the remaining cost of the treatment.

 


 

Questions

Your regional Invasive Species Specialist for assistance with your grant and permit applications, and technical advice on your proposed control project.

Chip Welling, Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator, who can answer questions about invasive aquatic plant management. 651-259-5149 or chip.welling@state.mn.us

Wendy Crowell, Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator, who can answer questions about the grant process. 651-259-5085 or wendy.corwell@state.mn.us

 

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