Invasive Aquatic Plants Cost Share Grants

Cost share grants for local projects to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants

A. Courtesy Boat Inspection Programs

Courtesy boat inspections are the cornerstone of the state's invasive aquatic species prevention program. Limited funds are available for locally initiated CBI programs. Grants up to $2000 are available to municipal and county governments, quasi-municipal organizations (including water districts) and 501C(3) eligible organizations such as lake associations.

This cost share program is administered by the Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) in Bridgton, Maine under an agreement with the Maine DEP. Boat inspectors will be trained by LEA and must follow protocol developed by the DEP and LEA.

B. Manual Removal of Invasive Aquatic Plants

Limited funds are available for manual removal of invasive aquatic plants. Lakes with documented infestations may apply for up to $6,000 (provided the required match amount is met) to be used for manual removal of invasive aquatic plants. Priority will be given to projects aimed at plant removal of infestations near boat access points and in areas with high boat traffic, i.e., projects aimed at reducing spread within and between waterbodies.

Eligible manual plant control techniques include placement of benthic barriers, plant removal by hand, and plant removal by hand with suction dredge (i.e., Diver Assisted Suction Harvest or DASH).

Entities applying for hand removal work must have an active inspection program or explain why one is not warranted.

Contacts

Lakes Environmental Association
230 Main Street
Bridgton , ME 04009
Attn: Cost share projects

Electronic submissions are encouraged. Contact Peter Lowell at (207) 647-8580 with questions.