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EGLE Awards Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grants
Michigan Ag Connection - 10/10/2019

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's Water Resources Division has awarded $12,300 under the Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Program for 13 projects to control aquatic invasive plant species using chemical or physical methods.

The grants to lake associations and local governments in 12 counties will reimburse permit fees for the inland lake projects. Work to control invasive species will take place on Big Bass Lake in Lake County, Birch Lake in Cass County, Brownwood Lake in Van Buren County, Clark Lake in Jackson County, Duck Lake in Calhoun County, Higgins Lake in Roscommon County, Lake Lansing in Ingham County, Nepessing Lake in Lapeer County, Round Lake in Mason County, Sand Lake in Lenawee County, Thompson Lake in Livingston County, and West Twin and East Twin lakes in Montmorency County.

Fifty-three applications were received requesting a total of $44,400.

Invasive species are not native to Michigan and their introduction causes, or is likely to cause, economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Applicants who were denied grants included in their proposals native aquatic plant treatment or their applications were incomplete. The law that established Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Program specifies the money be used for invasive plant control. Native plants play an important role in inland lake health, water quality, and provide food and habitat for fish and wildlife.

The Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant was created by Part 414, Aquatic Invasive Species, of the Natural Resources and Environment Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. Part 414 went into effect March 29, 2019, and establishes grant program priorities, applicant and project eligibility criteria, and deadlines. The 2019 grant opportunity focused on permit fee reimbursement, which is one of the four statewide priorities listed in Part 414.

The Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Program will continue in 2020. For more information on the grant program, visit www.Michigan.gov/AIPControlGrant or contact us at EGLE-WRD-AIP@Michigan.gov.

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

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

For more information, call EGLE's Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278 or visit Michigan.gov/EGLEP2Loan.

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