The grant requirements for the Mussel Free grant monies collected by the California DMV on boater registrations on behalf of the Division of Boating and Waterways have been published.
The grant monies can be applied for by anyone that owns or manages a water reservoir that allows public access for recreational activities and is not already infested with quagga or zebra mussels. All paperwork must be turned in by October 20, 2014. The grant is for a period of up to 2 years and would begin on June 1, 2015. They are calculating, approximately 2.5 million dollars will be available. Each project can apply for up to $200,000 for the 2 year period. The monies are for two main purposes: to prepare a Prevention Plan and Implementation Projects.
If you are an owner or manager of a water reservoir NOW is the time to apply for these mussel-free grant funds. We can help with all planning /assessment needs. There are many factors to take into account to come up with a comprehensive plan. You need to take into consideration everything from infrastructure, sampling, inspections, staffing, permits, traffic control, education and decontaminations. Mussel Dogs consults in all these areas and is ready to help you secure your share of these grants.
The focus of these grants is to keep the mussels from spreading and this is a huge opportunity for you to do your part. It is also an exceptional opportunity to partner with nearby reservoirs to get on the same protocols so you feel comfortable accepting boaters from their mussel free waters to yours. There is also a great opportunity here to get localized decontamination stations set up that can service multiple waterways. Mussel Dog strongly suggests banding programs between lakes that have comprehensive and high standard mandatory inspections in place.
We aren’t just cute dogs! Contact us today to learn how we can help your reservoir by assisting in the mussel-free grant process!