Vt. awards grants for watershed improvementThe Associated Press | March 24,2014MONTPELIER — Vermont will be supporting 15 watershed improvement projects across the state with grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000.
The projects were chosen out of 58 applications received, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
“Although these grants are relatively small, much is accomplished and the increased public awareness should pay benefits into the future,” said Rod Wentworth of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
“We’re glad to provide a funding option for what I like to think of as little grants with big results.”
Projects that will receive 2014 Watershed Grant Program funding include restoration and clean-up in the White River drainage basin; Water Street river park planning for Northfield; a river access project in Rochester and Pittsfield and a milfoil prevention project in Charleston.
Other projects awarded funds are a dam removal on upper Wells River, expanded effectiveness of lake protection strategies for the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds, a project about river dynamics for the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District and floodplain and habitat restoration at Pinney Hollow Brook.
The watershed grants are funded by some of the proceeds from the Vermont conservation license plate sales. The state says almost $1.4 million has funded 336 projects.
Organizations or towns who think they might have an eligible project can contact Wentworth or Rick Hopkins of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.
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