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April 14, 2015

MADISON -- Healthier lakes and improved control of aquatic invasive species will result from nearly $3.5 million in surface water grants awarded to 55 groups in 31 counties by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The surface water grants, which originate from a tax on fuel used by watercraft, will leverage an additional $3.3 million in matching funds from lake and river associations, local governments and nonprofit groups to implement the projects, said Shelly Thomsen, lakes and rivers team leader with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The DNR money supports control of aquatic invasive species, lake and river protection and clean-up efforts and other management activities.

Musky around habitat A small musky cruises among "fish sticks," one of the types of projects being funded to improve habitat.

"We are pleased that the DNR surface water grants help leverage significant private and community funds to expand the scope of work that can be done," Thomsen said. "This round of grants will help restore habitat, support the battle against Eurasian water milfoil, acquire conservation easements and improve water quality, among other projects."

The grants cover:

The grants also include funding for Healthy Lakes projects that support installation of fish sticks to improve habitat, native plantings or diversion practices along the shoreline to slow runoff, and upland practices that manage runoff from structures and impervious surfaces. This grant cycle will fund implementation of 100 best management practices for 48 properties on 15 lakes in nine counties for $81,540.54.

For a complete list of grant recipients, search the DNR website, for "surface water grants."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Shelly Thomsen, DNR lakes and rivers team leader,, 608-266-0502; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications,, 608-770-8084

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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