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2015 California Mussel-Free Grant Funds For Qualified Reservoirs

Lake Managers Don’t miss your second opportunity to apply for up to $200,000 in Mussel-Free Grant Funds!

This grant is funded by the monies that have been collected by the DMV for boater registration on behalf of the Division of Boating and Waterways. The mussel-free grant funds requirements and application processes can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.dbw.parks.ca.gov

We are proud to be currently partnering with two of last years’ grant winners, Modesto Reservoir and Woodward Reservoir. At these sights we perform high profile inspection services utilizing our canines as well as boater education on Clean Drain and Dry. We also are very proud of our partnership with Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino where we perform inspection and educational services throughout the boating season. Our canines inspected over 3,000 watercrafts this year and spread the Clean Drain and Dry message to over 15,000 people. Mussel Dogs is also proud to have published a chapter on Utilizing Canines in the Detection of Quagga and Zebra Mussels in the newly published Biology and Management of Invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels in the Western United States book.

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If you are the lake manager, NOW is the time to apply for Mussel-Free Grant Funds. They are due November 6, 2015 so there isn’t much time. We can help with your planning and assessment needs. There are many factors to take into account for a comprehensive plan. At a minimum, you need to look at infrastructure, sampling, inspections, staffing, permits, traffic control, education, data collection and decontaminations. Mussel Dogs is familiar with all of these areas and is ready to help you secure your share of these grants.

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The focus of these grants is to keep the mussels from spreading. This is a huge opportunity for you to do your part. It is also an exceptional opportunity to partner with nearby waterways to get on the same protocols so you feel comfortable accepting boaters from their mussel free waterways to yours.

These mussel-free grant funds are for 2 year programs! Contact Mussel Dogs today! Thank you for doing your part to keep our waterways Mussel Free!!!