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DNR Surface Water Management Grant Deadline Approaching

Local units of government, lake and river organizations and nonprofit organizations have until Feb. 1, 2016, to apply for grants to help implement projects that protect and improve water quality and aquatic habitat and control aquatic invasive species in lakes, rivers and wetlands.

The $3 million surface water management grant program, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, consists of two types of grants – lake and river protection grants and aquatic invasive species control grants. Lake and river grants help communities implement protection or restoration projects that protect or improve water quality and habitat. Aquatic invasive species control grants share the cost to control existing populations of invasive species and help restore habitat.

Shelly Thomsen, DNR’s lakes and rivers team leader, said the surface water grants management program funds a wide variety of activities.

“Projects may include purchasing land or easements for protection purposes, restoring wetlands or shoreline habitat and planting native vegetation or a rain garden to prevent runoff and improve water quality,” Thomsen said. “Projects also may involve implementing activities identified in a department approved management plan.”

The awards range from $10,000 to $200,000 and are granted through a cost share program, with the state share consisting of 67 to 75 percent of the total.

For more information, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for “lake grants.”

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