Aquatic Invasive Species Grants - control projects

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

Because of the volume of applications already received, this grant program is no longer accepting applications.

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.

Description of Grant Offer and Grant Process

Approximately $530,000 is available for this grant program in 2020. 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 a delineation survey done in 2020, prior to treatment. The delineation map must be submitted with the IAPM permit application and the grantee must receive an Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Permit (IAPMP). The delineation survey cannot be done by the same company that does the treatment, it must be done by a qualified third party. Grantees must pay all project expenses up front and make all arrangements.

List of aquatic plant surveyors.

Guidance for delineating aquatic invasive plants

An invasive aquatic plant management (IAPM) permit application needs to be submitted through our online permitting system before you submit your grant application. If possible, create an account in advance, review the system, and submit your permit application before this grant program begins accepting applications. A copy of your permit application must be submitted with your grant application.

The DNR will reimburse grantees for eligible costs associated with the invasive species delineation and treatment up to the grant amount. Eligible costs include the cost of delineation, the cost of treatment by a contractor, and the cost of herbicide if it is purchased separately. The DNR will only reimburse the cost of treatments done under an IAPM permit. If the delineation survey results in no areas suitable for treatment the DNR will reimburse the cost of the delineation, up to the grant amount.

In order to receive funding under this grant program, you must be awarded a grant, you must arrange for a delineation of the invasive plant to be controlled, and you must obtain an IAPM permit for the work

Description of 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, plus an additional $1,000 to cover costs of the delineation for the first ten project acres. For projects greater than ten acres, the grant will provide $1,500 for the first ten acres and $150 per acre for the remaining estimated project acres. No grant will be more than $7,000 regardless of the number of estimated acres.

Please note 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 Grant Decision and Reimbursement Calculations

Example 1:

  • The Long Lake Association applies for a grant to treat 10 acres of curly-leaf pondweed. Based on past treatments the Invasive Species Specialist estimates that they will receive a permit to treat six acres of curly-leaf pondweed, so they are awarded a grant of $1,300.
  • The Association has a delineation survey done for a cost of $600, and receives a permit based on the delineation to treat two acres of curly-leaf pondweed. They do the treatment for a total cost of $600.
  • The Association receives a reimbursement of $1,200.

Example 2:

  • The Little Lake Association applies for a grant to treat five acres of curly-leaf pondweed. Based on past treatments the Invasive Species Specialist estimates that they will receive a permit to treat the five acres so they are awarded a grant $1,250.
  • The Association has a delineation done for a cost of $600. The delineation shows that there are no areas of curly-leaf that need treatment, and so the association withdraws their IAPM permit application.
  • The Little Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $600.

Example 3:

  • The Round Lake Association applies for a grant to treat 60 acres of Eurasian watermilfoil. Based on past treatments the Invasive Species Specialist estimates that they will receive a permit to treat 60 acres, so they are awarded a grant for $7,000.
  • The Association has a delineation done for a cost of $2,000 and receives a permit to treat 60 acres based on the delineation. They have the treatment done for a cost of $20,000.
  • The Round Lake Association receives a reimbursement of $7,000

 

Helpful information:

List of licensed commercial applicators
List of licensed mechanical harvesters
List of aquatic plant surveyors
Delineation Guidance

You will be notified when your application is received. If you do not receive a notification by the next business day after you submit it please contact Wendy Crowell (651-259-5085)


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