Contact(s): Alison Mikulyuk, DNR Lakes and Rivers Team Leader, Alison.Mikulyuk@Wisconsin.gov, 608-264-8947; Raechelle Belli, DNR Office of Communications, Raechellea.Cline@wisconsin.gov, 608-264-8942
January 15, 2019
MADISON - Time is running out to meet a Feb. 1, 2019, deadline to apply for nearly $4 million in grant funding for surface water management. The grants are awarded to local units of government, lake and river organizations and nonprofit organizations to support efforts to protect or improve water quality and aquatic habitat and manage aquatic invasive species.
The surface water management grant program supports a broad range of activities, including projects to reduce runoff and nutrient enrichment, land acquisition for environmental protection, shoreline protection and restoration, wetland restoration and the implementation of management plans. Awards range from $10,000 to $200,000 per project and require a local contribution, or cost share, of 25-33 percent. Applicants have been working with their local biologists to develop projects in preparation for the 2019 competitive grant cycle.
This cycle also includes Healthy Lakes grants available to shoreline homeowners who are interested in conducting an improvement project on their property. The program provides up to $1,000 in state funding for one of five best management practices included in the application. If rain gardens, runoff diversion and infiltration, fish habitat or shoreline native plantings would improve a lake property, shoreline homeowners should consider working with their lake association to apply for a Healthy Lakes Project.
Those interested in applying for a management or control grant, can find more information by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "grants," and clicking on the button for find a grant and clicking the link for "surface water grants." Additionally, regional DNR Aquatic Iinvasive Species coordinators can help develop a project for a waterbody and answer questions.