Michigan Aquatic Nuisance Species Grants Program Available

Michigan Aquatic Nuisance Species Grants Program Available

Michigan 501(c)(3) non-governmental organizations, citizens, schools, indigenous tribal entities, and local units of government have an opportunity to apply for funding for local information and education projects regarding aquatic nuisance species. The Application deadline is April 11, 2003 for a grant period beginning June, 2003.

Michigan’s waters are under assault from aquatic nuisance species. Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) are waterborne, nonnative organisms that threaten the diversity or abundance of native plants and animals, or the ecological stability of impacted waters, or threaten a commercial, agricultural, aquacultural, or recreational activity that depends on waters of the state. Much remains to be done to shut off the paths that aquatic nuisance species use to enter the Great Lakes and to disperse within Michigan.

The goal of this grants program is to foster the implementation of Michigan’s Aquatic Nuisance Species State Management Plan as updated in October 2002, particularly recommendations on information and education, by providing financial assistance to local initiatives to prevent and control ANS in Michigan waters.

Types of Activities Funded

The Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund (GLAHNF) will consider grant applications that are consistent with Michigan’s Aquatic Nuisance Species State Management Plan as updated October 2002 (www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/ deq-ogl-ANSPlan2002.pdf) and employ one or more of the following methods:

Boater education activities, such as:

  • Distribute existing resources targeted to recreational boaters
  • Implement regional boat-wash demonstrations and/or inspections for boaters
  • Develop and distribute radio and television public service announcements
  • Develop newsletter inserts for user groups

Training programs, such as:

  • Develop ANS curriculum to be used in various educational programs
  • Conduct training sessions for educators/information providers
  • Scholarships to attend training sessions

Inventory and detection system pilot projects, such as:

  • Local inventory projects tied to management planning activities
  • Matching funds for weevil studies or stocking
  • Develop a local rapid response system if infestation is found early

Funding for this program is made available by the Office of the Great Lakes through a grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The program is administered by the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund, a project of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.

Please visit www.glhabitat.org or call Jill Kimble at (231)347-1181, ext. 100 for eligibility information, Request for Proposals, and application.

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