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Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program

boat owner and boat steward talking about how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species
Boat owner and boat steward discussing how to prevent
the spread of aquatic invasive species. Photo: Jim Clayton

The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Spread Prevention Program will support projects that foster public education and outreach in water bodies with multiple small-bodied AIS that can easily be spread to uninvaded areas. Other projects eligible for this grant include the installation of decontamination stations and boat steward training programs in high priority areas. In addition, the grant is intended to foster collaboration and coordination among state agencies, municipalities, not-for-profits and educational institutions to minimize the harm invasive species cause to New York's environment, economy, and human health.

DEC awarded nearly $2.1 million from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to 24 projects. Additional information about the AIS grant program can be found below in the following sections:

Awards

  • Black Lake Association, Inc. - $35,950.00
    The program will place watercraft stewards at both Black Lake and along the St. Lawrence River.
  • Chautauqua Lake Association - $100,000.00
    The program will help prevent the spread of AIS by placing boat stewards on Chautauqua Lake.
  • Cornell Coop. Extension Livingston County - $64,025.00
    The Western Finger Lakes Watercraft Steward Program seeks to place boat stewards on Canadice, Conesus, and Hemlock Lakes.
  • Cornell University - $100,000.00
    This program will promote knowledge of new regulations designed to prevent the introduction of new invasive species by providing state-wide training to watercraft inspection steward program trainers and stewards, and delivering standardized program materials for their use with the boating public.
  • Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation - $99,039.40
    The project will provide a boat steward program in Cortland County and its eleven public boat launches.
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges - $99,834.00
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges Watercraft Steward program seeks to place boat stewards across lakes within the Oswego River / Finger Lakes region.
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges - FL AIS Training Blitz - $99,983.00
    The project will deliver information to groups to enable them to start a comprehensive watercraft steward program to prevent the spread and impact of AIS in waterbodies throughout Upstate NY via a training blitz model to locations and communities that have not historically had watercraft stewards.
  • Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. - $99,914.00
    Clearwater's Watercraft Inspection Steward Program (WISP) will place stewards strategically along the Hudson River.
  • Keuka Lake Association - $100,000.00
    This program will place stewards at the highest activity launches on Keuka Lake & Seneca Lake.
  • Lake George Association, Inc. - $79,512.00
    The project will place boat stewards at strategic locations on Lake George.
  • Long Lake Association - $69,750.00
    The program will prevent the introduction and spread of AIS through the placement of boat stewards on Long Lake, Raquette Lake, Lake Eaton and Forked Lake.
  • Onondaga Environmental Institute, Inc. - $75,996.00
    The program will place boat stewards on Onondaga and Oneida Lakes.
  • Otsego County Conservation Assoc. - Canadarago Lake - $40,347.00
    This project will prevent further introduction of AIS into or out of Canadarago Lake through the purchase of a boat decontamination station.
  • Otsego County Conservation Assoc. - Otsego Lake - $89,636.22
    The program looks to install a boat decontamination station to help protect Otsego Lake.
  • Paul Smith's College of Arts & Sciences - $98,123.00
    The project looks to install a boat decontamination station on Lake Champlain.
  • The Nature Conservancy - $100,000.00
    The Eastern Lake Ontario AIS Boat Steward Project will strategically place stewards at four "high priority" boat launch sites along Eastern Lake Ontario.
  • Town of Arietta - $100,000.00
    The project will provide comprehensive boat steward coverage for Piseco Lake.
  • Town of Caroga - $64,784.00
    The project calls for the installation of a boat decontamination station, which will be strategically placed to intercept boaters leaving Pecks Lake and Great Sacandaga Lake.
  • Town of Horicon - $100,000.00
    The project the will place boat stewards on Schroon Lake and Brant Lake.
  • Town of Lake Pleasant - $93,000.00
    The project will provide boat stewards on launch ramps for Sacandaga Lake, Lake Pleasant and Indian Lake.
  • Town of Lake Pleasant - Piseco Lake Decon Station - $89,250.00
    The project calls for the installation of a boat decontamination station to protect Piseco Lake.
  • Town of Lake Pleasant - Speculator Decon Station - $100,000.00
    The project will help protect Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake from AIS through the installation of a boat decontamination station.
  • Town of North Elba - Lake Placid Decon Station - $100,000.00
    The project calls for the installation of a boat decontamination station on Lake Placid.
  • Town of North Elba-Lake Placid Partnership - $93,000.00
    The project calls for the placement of boat stewards on Lake Placid.

Program Overview and Specifics

Application Deadline

All applications were due in the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) by 2:00 PM on January 29, 2016.

Request For Applications

Request For Applications (RFA) (PDF, 1 MB) -- The RFA has details on the project objectives, application process, eligible expenditures, evaluation criteria, and contractual requirements for this grant program.

Minimum and Maximum Award Amounts

Minimum grant amount is $25,000. Maximum grant amount is $100,000.

25% Match

Match can include cash, personal services, administrative salaries, contractual services, voluntary labor, supplies, materials and equipment.

Projected Term

All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables that can be completed within a 3-year contract term.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include municipalities, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations, and academic institutions. Other groups such as unincorporated lake associations must apply through a municipality or a not-for-profit.

Project Location

Eligible projects for grant funding must be located on or in the vicinity of a waterbody that is wholly or partially within the geographic boundaries of New York State. If the waterbody overlays the border between New York and an adjacent state or Canada, the project site must be in the New York State portion. DEC will make an effort to distribute grant funds based on the strategic importance of proposed projects and local waterbodies' vulnerability based on ecological characteristics, level and type of recreational boating access, and proximity to major travel corridors and waters colonized by small-bodied AIS and/or high priority plant AIS.

Eligible Project Types

  1. Boat Steward Voluntary Boat Inspections and Outreach
    Applicants may apply for projects to deploy watershed stewards to conduct courtesy boat inspections and deliver education and outreach to recreational boaters. Projects that address the following objectives are preferred:
    • Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by
      • Strategically placing boat stewards in Focus Areas for Aquatic Invasive Species spread prevention
      • Developing or expanding regional program
      • Deploying boat stewards to waters with high priority small bodied aquatic invasive species to deliver education and outreach and to conduct courtesy boat inspections
      • Delivering boat steward programs through cooperative partnering by one or more municipalities, non-government organizations or academic institutions
  2. Boat Decontamination Stations to augment existing steward programs for education and outreach and voluntary boat inspections.
    Applicants that are currently operating an established voluntary boat inspection and outreach program using stewards may apply for funding to establish boat decontamination stations. Decontamination equipment such as hot water high pressure washers or equipment required for other effective and acceptable treatment methods is eligible for funding. Projects that address the following objectives are preferred:
    • Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by:
      • Strategically placing boat stewards operating decontamination stations in Focus Areas for Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention
      • Placing decontamination stations on major road travel corridors in the vicinity of waters with high priority small bodied aquatic invasive species
      • Developing or expanding regional programs
  3. Steward Training Programs
    Applicants may apply to fund steward training programs. Projects that address the following objectives are preferred:
    • Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by training stewards and/or individuals that train stewards by:
      • Providing standardized training that is consistent with the New York State Watershed Inspection Steward Program Handbook (leaves DEC website) for stewards statewide

Examples of Small-bodied Aquatic Invasive Species

  • Spiny water flea (Bythotrephes cederstroemi, B. longimanus)
  • Fishhook water flea (Cercopagis pengoi)
  • Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha)
  • Quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis)
  • Bloody red shrimp (Hemimysis anomala)