Surface Water Grants

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In 2020, the Surface Water Grant program supported work on 285 projects located in 61 counties. Click here to see a map of our effort!

Lake Grants

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Wisconsin has several types of grants available to qualified lake organizations and municipalities.

Small-Scale Lake Planning Grants

Small-scale lake planning grants are available to get you started. They can be used to obtain and disseminate lake information, conduct education projects, and develop management goals. These grants are ideal for lake groups just beginning the planning process or for activities that supplement an existing plan.
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Large-Scale Lake Planning Grants

Large-scale lake planning grants are available for bigger projects. The intent of the large-scale program is to conduct technical studies to help develop elements of or complete comprehensive management plans. Depending on the condition and needs of the lake (which the planning process will help determine), the plan will specify activities, for example, improving water quality, managing user conflicts, or improving fishing.
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Lake Protection and Classification Grants

Lake protection grants provide funding for implementing projects to protect or improve a lake. As one progresses from planning to implementation, the costs and the time involved increase. Because implementation is more expensive, protection grants are available for up to $200,000 per project. Eligible activities include Land Acquisition, Lake Classification and Ordinance Development, Shoreland or Wetland Restoration and other activities identified in a lake management plan that will improve or protect lakes.
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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grants

Education, Planning and Prevention

Educational programs and distributing information about aquatic invasive species. Examples of projects include:

  • Monitoring, mapping and reporting of data about the presence or absence of AIS to provide baseline information and monitor trends in a water body or water bodies.
  • Development of plans for the prevention and control of AIS.
  • Studies or assessments that will aid in the prevention and control of AIS.
  • Watercraft inspection and education projects following DNR guidelines of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program.
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Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grants

Examples of projects can include:

  • Control pioneer populations of aquatic invasive species
  • Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species to unpopulated waters
  • Control established infestations of aquatic invasive species and restore native aquatic species communities
  • Provide research and demonstration that advances the state’s knowledge and understanding of aquatic invasive species control
  • Ongoing maintenance to contain aquatic invasive populations within a waterbody

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