VERNON, CT — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wednesday announced the recipients of the second round of grant funding through the Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program, with a total of $370,000 going to 15 projects to reduce impacts of aquatic invasive species on inland waters in Connecticut.
Bolton Lakes are to benefit from the awards.
The town of Vernon is t receive $34,989 for Lower Bolton Lake and Middle Bolton Lake for AIS and Cyanobacteria management.
The Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program was made possible in 2019 when the Connecticut General Assembly established an Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp fee (Public Act 19-190) applied to all registered boats using Connecticut waters, to provide a dedicated funding source for the “Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and Ponds Preservation Account.”
The account funds programs to protect the state’s lakes, ponds and rivers by addressing aquatic invasive species and cyanobacteria blooms.
For the latest round of funding, DEEP had a total of $370,000 to award for eligible control, research and education and outreach projects. The maximum grant award was $50,000. Requests for larger grants (up to $75,000) were considered, but only for exceptional and well-justified proposals. Matching funds were required and had to equal or exceed 25 percent of the total project cost.
The DEEP received a total of 26 project applications requesting funding. Of those, 15 projects were selected for funding based on our criteria.