New grant program gives $100,000 for control, eradication of aquatic invasive plants in Michigan's inland lakes

 

For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2019

For More Information:
Tom Alwin, egle-wrd-aip@michigan.gov
Jill A. Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, 517-897-4965

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Water Resources Division announces a new grant program to aid in the control or eradication of aquatic invasive plants in Michigan’s inland lakes.

This year, approximately $100,000 will be available through the Aquatic Invasive Plant (AIP) Control Grant for the reimbursement of permit fees required for projects to control or eradicate inland lake aquatic invasive plant species using physical, biological or chemical control activities that occur in 2019.

Invasive Species PlantsDetails on grant eligibility are available on the Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant webpage located at Michigan.gov/Invasives under the “Grants” tab. This grant program is implemented in accordance with the addition of Part 414 to the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

The grant handbook and application process are currently being developed. The handbook will contain detailed information on eligibility, instructions for applying for the grant, and items to be included with the grant application. Grant applications will be accepted from June 1 through July 1. The handbook will be made available on the AIP Control Grant webpage on June 1.

Roughly half of EGLE’s annual budget flows back into Michigan communities in the form of grants.

For questions about this new grant opportunity, please contact us at egle-wrd-aip@michigan.gov.

Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Michigan departments of Agriculture & Rural Development; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Natural Resources.

Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Click on title to access images. Suggested captions follow:

Plants: Aquatic invasive plants can dominate shallow areas of inland lakes. Pictured here are Eurasian watermilfoil and Curly-leaf Pondweed, both invasive in Michigan.

Rake Toss: Monitoring is a critical component of effective aquatic invasive plant management. This photo shows a volunteer conducting an aquatic vegetation survey.

Treatment: Chemical treatment of aquatic invasive plants often requires a permit from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Pictured is the chemical treatment of aquatic invasive plants by licensed aquatic herbicide applicators.

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