PurposeThe purpose of the River Protection Grant Program is to assist local
organizations and local units of government in protecting or improving rivers
and natural river ecosystems. Cost sharing grant assistance is available for
activities that will help to provide information on riverine ecosystems,
improve river system assessment and planning, increase local understanding
of the causes of river problems, and assist in implementing management
activities that protect or restore river ecosystems.
This grant program is also intended to provide assistance in the formation of
river management organizations and provide support and guidance to local
organizations that are interested in helping to manage and protect rivers,
particularly where resources and organization capabilities may be limited.
In a broader context, the intention is to foster and support partnerships
between the Department of Natural Resources, nonprofit groups, university
and extension service systems, and local units of government. Ultimately,
such partnerships should enhance local stewardship of rivers in order to
protect against riverine pollution and degradation.
ObjectiveWith these goals in mind, the program provides assistance to a variety of
project sponsors to undertake their chosen river protection projects. A wide
array of activities are eligible for grant assistance, ranging from information
gathering to land acquisition and management. The possibilities are
explained in greater detail later in this booklet. The grants are given to
support new projects, not subsidize current, ongoing operations or replace
existing funds; all projects will be evaluated under this premise.
OutcomeRiver planning grants up to $10,000 are available for organizational
development projects that assist in the formation of a qualified river
management organization or strengthen the capacity of an existing
organization to protect or improve rivers and natural river ecosystems, for
river improvement education projects, and for river-related assessments and
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