invasive species

Grants and Funding Opportunities

Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-In-Aid Program

The Aquatic Nuisance Control (ANC) Grant-in-Aid Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and agencies of the state for aquatic invasive and nuisance species management programs. Funding for the ANC Grant-in-Aid grants comes from a portion of annual revenues from motorboat registration fees and federal funds. This grant program has supported over 70 municipalities since 1994.

Aquatic Invasive Species Control

Various aquatic invasive species control efforts have been implemented in Vermont, and many are ongoing. VTDEC permits many AIS control actions, and is directly involved in the implementation of others. Local governments, watershed and lake associations, and other individuals are also involved in a myriad of control efforts around the state.

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring

With over 800 lakes and ponds throughout Vermont, and 100 of those infested with aquatic invasive species, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) staff annually monitor and survey priority lakes and ponds along with aquatic invasive species (AIS) considered a severe threat. During the growing season, VTDEC staff routinely survey and monitor Vermont waters to:

Spread Prevention

There are many ongoing programs in Vermont aimed at curbing the spread of invasive species and preventing new infestations. These initiatives are supported by Vermont DEC and often involve participation from landowners, watershed associations, and other interested volunteers.

Lakes Monitoring and Data

Monitoring

The Lakes and Ponds Program hosts a variety of monitoring programs to study long-term water quality, habitat, climate, and other ecological trends on Vermont’s lakes and ponds.

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