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2020 Aquatic Nuisance Control Grants-in-Aid Request Date: 12/19/2019 3:48:54 PM
Open Date: 
Closing Date: 2/27/2020 4:00 PM
Intent To Bid Deadline: 
Est. Dollar Value: $400,000.00
RFQ Number: 
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DEC - WATERSHED MANAGEMENT DIVISION

1 National Life Drive - Main 2
MontpelierVT 05620-3522

Bid Type:
Request for Proposal

Locations:
State-Wide
Keywords:
Consultant Services, Water Craft Equipment and Supplies, Water Treatment, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Consultant Services

Bid Description:
The Watershed Management Division of Vermont DEC administers the Aquatic Invasive Species Program. These grants provide financial assistance to municipalities and agencies of the State for aquatic nuisance species management projects. Funding for the Grant-in-Aid Program comes from a portion of annual revenues from motorboat registration fees supplemented by federal funds. Grant funds available in 2020 are estimated at $400,000. An “aquatic nuisance” is an undesirable or excessive substance or population that interferes with the recreational potential or aquatic habitat of a waterbody, and includes plants, animals, and algal populations. Applications will be reviewed to determine whether the proposed project is suitable to control or to minimize the effect that an aquatic nuisance has on water quality and water use. For more information about the Aquatic Nuisance Control Program and related Vermont State Statutes please visit http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/10/050/01458. Eligibility The Applicant must be a municipality or an agency of the State. All funds will be distributed directly to the Applicant. Local interest groups including lake associations must apply through the municipality in which the waterbody is located. Regional partners, such as a conservation district or watershed association, are also eligible Applicants if applying for funds on behalf of a municipality or lake associations. Funding Priorities Grant awards are made to priority projects to the extent funds are available. First priority is given to projects designed to manage new infestations of aquatic nuisances, or to develop novel spread prevention programs. Second priority is given to projects that prevent or control the further spread of aquatic nuisance species. Third priority is given to recurring maintenance projects. In establishing priorities for individual projects, the following criteria are considered: public accessibility and recreational uses; importance to commercial, agricultural or other interests; the degree of local interest; local efforts to control aquatic nuisances; other considerations affecting feasibility, probability of achieving long-term control, and necessity or advantage of the proposed work; and the extent to which the control project is a developmental rather than a maintenance program. Additional criteria considered in approving requests and determining the amount of any grant include: the use of the waters by persons outside the municipality in which the waters are located; the long-range effect of the control project; the recreational use of the waters; and the effectiveness of municipal shore land zoning and other controls in minimizing or preventing existing or new development from having any adverse effects on the waters subject to the control program.

Special Instructions:
dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/aquatic-invasives/funding
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