Funding available to restore native shoreland aquatic habitat

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making $225,000 available for grant proposals to restore native aquatic habitat. Individual grant requests can range from $25,000 to $100,000. Cost-share grants are available to local units of government, conservation groups and lake associations to conduct aquatic habitat restoration projects with native plants to improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Projects on private properties will have at least 75 percent of the frontage restored with an adjacent buffer zone that is at least 25 feet deep or wide. The focus of these projects must be on re-establishing vegetation for fish and wildlife habitat. Funds cannot be used for rock riprap stabilization or permanent wave breaks.

Grant recipients will be reimbursed for a maximum of 75 percent of the total project costs. Applicants must be able to fund at least 25 percent of the total project costs from non-state sources. Matching funds may be cash; volunteer labor; and in-kind contributions of materials, equipment and services.

“This is an opportunity for lake associations, local communities and conservation organizations to help enhance native shoreline vegetation and fish habitat in their local lakes, streams and rivers,” said John Hiebert, DNR lake habitat consultant. “Since 1999, more than 350 restoration projects have been funded, restoring more than 136,000 feet of shoreline.”

Applications for grants are available on the Aquatic Habitat Restoration website or call John Hubert (651) 259-5212 ( Completed grant applications are due Friday, Nov. 8.

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