River Protection Planning & River Protection Management Grants
River planning grants assist in the formation of a qualified river management organization or in strengthening an existing organization; protection or improvement of rivers and their ecosystems; river improvement education projects; assessments and plan development.
River management grants are available for purchasing land or conservation easements, local ordinance development, installation of nonpoint source pollution control practices and river restoration activities. They may also be used for education, planning and design activities necessary for completion of a management project.
Who can apply
Counties, cities, towns, villages, tribes, other local governmental units as defined in s. 66.0131(1)(a), Wis. Stats., qualified river management organizations, and qualified nonprofit conservation organizations are eligible to apply.
In order for nonprofit conservation organizations and lake associations to apply, they must be a qualified organization. Review the qualification requirements or check with your DNR regional environmental grants specialist.
Eligible planning projects
- Organizational development for existing river protection/improvement organizations
- Assistance with the formation of a qualified river management organization
- Public education projects
- Planning and assessment projects such as:
- development of management strategies, plans, and special project designs to identify appropriate river protection projects;
- collection and assessment of water quality, water quantity, and biological/environmental data;
- collection of sociological data necessary for the development of a river management plan;
- description and mapping of existing and potential land and water resource conditions;
- development of local ordinances to control activities that may impact the riverine ecosystems; and
- dissemination of information obtained during the project.
Eligible management projects
- Purchase of land or conservation easements
- Development of local regulations or ordinances to protect or improve water quality
- Installation of practices to control nonpoint source pollution
- Restoration projects including instream or shoreland habitat and protection
- DNR approved activities needed to implement planning recommendations
- Education, planning, and design activities necessary for the implementation of a management project.
The following projects are not eligible for funding under this grant.
- Capital improvement projects
- Dam repair and operation
- Purchase of property on which a dam is located (unless for the purpose of facilitating dam removal)
- Design, installation, operation, or maintenance of sanitary sewers, treatment plants, or onsite sewerage systems.
Applications are reviewed and ranked by regional staff and ranked according to statewide priorities.
Applications must be received in the DNR regional office postmarked no later than May 1.
How to apply
- Choosing a Contractor
- Helpful Hints for River Protection Grant Reporting
- Procurement Guide for Local Governments Receiving DNR Grants
- Volunteers and Donations Fact Sheet
- Special Information about Invasive Species and Your Grant
- Creating conservation easements
Land acquisition resources
- Land Acquisition Protocol Policy Letter
- Real Estate Appraisal Guidelines
- Appraisal Report Checklist
- Appraiser List
- Land Acquisition Guidelines for Local Governments