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

Grants are available from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to lake organizations conducting invasive aquatic plant control projects. Eligible organizations include municipal and county governments, quasi-municipal organizations (including water districts) and 501(c)(3) eligible organizations. These funds are derived from fees required to launch or operate motorized watercraft or seaplanes on inland waters in Maine.

Grants are awarded according to priority. First priority will be given to projects addressing incipient invasive plant infestations with potential for eradication. Second priority will be given to projects aimed at reducing the spread of invasive aquatic plants within and between waterbodies (e.g., managing invasive plants near boat access points and in areas with high boat traffic). Third priority will be awarded to recurring maintenance projects.

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.