$70,000 available in grants to protect and restore waterways :: WRAL.com

– A total of $70,000 in grants is available for Vermont projects that protect, restore and improve the state’s waterways, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said.

Municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sports clubs, nonprofits and water-related citizen groups can apply by Feb. 11 for grants available in three categories, the department said. Projects to protect or restore fish and aquatic wildlife habitat are strongly encouraged, the ministry said.

The categories are education and outreach with a maximum grant per project of $5,000; planning, evaluation, inventory and monitoring, for which the maximum grant is $3,500; and on-the-ground implementation, for a maximum grant of $10,000.

Some previously funded projects include invasive species education, restoring riparian vegetation and replacing culverts to improve fish passage, the ministry said.

The Vermont Watershed Grants Program is a project of the Fish and Wildlife Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation. It was created by the Legislative Assembly and is funded by sales of Vermont conservation license plates, the department said.

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