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Contact(s): Shelly Thomsen, DNR lakes and rivers team Leader, 608-266-0502,; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084,
November 10, 2015

MADISON -- Lake associations, river groups and local governments are encouraged to apply for surface water grants from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, with the deadline for planning grants coming up Dec. 10.

DNR's grant programs are available to assist applicants with a variety of education, planning and prevention activities related to aquatic invasive species and other lake and river issues. In addition to the Dec. 10, 2015 deadline for planning grants, Feb. 1, 2016 is the deadline for management grants.

"The surface water grant program provides organizations the resources they need to create effective plans for managing lakes and rivers. It enables lake and river groups and local government to take steps toward improving the health of their local water bodies," said Shelly Thomsen, DNR's lakes and rivers team leader, who coordinates the grant effort. "The successes of past grant recipients have made this a popular and competitive program."

Thomsen also highlighted some changes made for the 2016 grant funding year based on feedback from previous grant cycles. Changes include the re-establishment of a less than $10,000 sub-category for lake planning grants as well as aquatic invasive species education, prevention and planning grants. Updated application forms and guides are also available online.

Organizations that are not familiar with the DNR surface water grant program are encouraged to contact their local aquatic invasive species, lake or river coordinator. Local grant coordinators are familiar with both the grant process and the issues affecting local areas.

"The involvement of your local grants coordinator is a key to writing and submitting a competitive grant application," Thomsen said.

For more information on the Lakes and Rivers Grant program, including contact information for local grants coordinators, application materials and changes to the grants program, visit and search "lake grants."

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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