Watershed Grant applications available now

Applications are available for the 2014 Vermont Watershed Grants Program to fund projects that help Vermonters protect, restore, and enjoy the state’s watersheds. Applications are due to the Vermont Watershed Grants office by Friday, Nov. 22.

“Watershed grants are available to municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and water-related citizen groups,” said Rick Hopkins of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC). “Watershed grants can be awarded for many types of watershed projects, including those that protect or restore water quality, shorelines, or fish and wildlife habitats.”

Rod Wentworth, of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, explained that watershed grants provide a way for local people to make a difference.  “This program is a great opportunity for sporting clubs or watershed groups to undertake a project to help their local stream or lake,” said Wentworth. “Many Vermont rivers sustained damage as a result of recent floods and, in some cases, the recovery work that followed.”

Vermont Watershed Grants Program is a joint project of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and VTDEC. The program is funded by sales of the Vermont Conservation License Plate. For the 2014 program, $100,000 is available to fund three categories of projects. The three categories of project types and the maximum amount for each project type are: education and outreach ($7,500); planning, assessment, inventory, and monitoring ($5,000); and on-the-ground implementation ($15,000).

The Watershed Grants application guide and application forms are available on the web at: www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/waterq/lakes/htm/lp_watershedgrants.htm.

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