November 16, 2015
It's not too late to apply for a 2016 Vermont Watershed Grant to fund projects that help Vermonters protect, restore and enjoy the state's watersheds. Applications are due to the Vermont Watershed Grants office by Friday, November 20.
"Watershed grants are available to municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and water-related citizen groups," said Rick Hopkins of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC). "Watershed grants can be awarded for projects that protect or restore water quality, shorelines or fish and wildlife habitats and may include planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring, on-the-ground implementation and education.
"We are very interested in projects that implement practical measures or involve education concerning watershed flood resiliency or the protection/restoration of lake shorelines or stream corridor habitat," added Hopkins.
Rod Wentworth with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department explained that watershed grants provide a way for local people to make a difference. "This program, now in its 18th year, is a great opportunity for sporting clubs or watershed groups to undertake a project to help their local stream or lake, such as planting trees or developing a watershed conservation plan or outreach program," said Wentworth. "We are blessed with many wonderful lakes and rivers in Vermont. Practices such as restoring vegetation along shorelines, removing old abandoned dams and improving storm runoff management can help improve their health and value for fish and wildlife. The more we can spread the word about how to best protect both our waters and our property, the better."
The grant program, a joint project of the Fish & Wildlife Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation, has paid for 351 watershed projects statewide since 1998. A total of $70,000 is available to fund the program in 2016.
"When Vermonters purchase a Conservation License Plate they're helping protect healthy streams and lakes as well as conserving wildlife and important habitats for future generations," said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. "Proceeds from the sale of Conservation License Plates fund the Watershed Grants program and help support the Fish & Wildlife Department's Nongame Wildlife Fund. A portion of any increased sales since the department redesigned the plates will go to the Conservation Camp program."
The Watershed Grants application guide and application forms are available on the web at: http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/lakes/htm/lp_watershedgrants.htm
Applications for the Vermont Conservation License Plate are available on the Fish & Wildlife website: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cms/one.aspx?portalId73163&pageId132285 and at offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Rod Wentworth - Vermont Fish & Wildlife (802) 595-5179
Rick Hopkins - Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (802) 490-6115
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: November 16, 2015 08:39:10