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Funding Available To Combat Aquatic Invasive Species

Michigan's waters are under assault from aquatic invasive species. 
These waterborne, non-native organisms threaten native plants and
animals; the ecological stability of impacted waters; and commercial,
agricultural, aquacultural, and recreational activity that depends on
the great waters of this state.  Much remains to be done to shut off the
paths that aquatic invasive species use to enter the Great Lakes and to
disperse within Michigan.  Species can still enter the lakes in ship
ballast water, hitchhike on boats traveling from lake to lake, and spawn
in tributaries.  Other species are poised to enter the Great Lakes
through holes in our net of protection.  

To help combat this assault, the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network
and Fund, a project of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, has received
$22,340 in funding from the Office of the Great Lakes, through a grant
from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to administer the Aquatic
Invasive Species Information and Education Small Grants Program in
Michigan.  Grants will fund boater education activities, training
programs, and monitoring, early detection and rapid response system
pilot projects.   "This grants program has helped reach hundreds of
thousands of boaters and anglers in the past few years with educational
messages about preventing the introduction and spread of these
species," said Jill Ryan, Network and Fund Director.  Ryan added,
"We now know the impacts that invaders such as the zebra mussel and
sea lamprey can cause in our region, making it all the more important to
stop their spread."

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, indigenous tribal entities,
and local units of government are invited to apply.  Application
deadline is March 11, 2005 with grant periods beginning in May 2, 2005. 
For more information, please contact Jill Ryan, Great Lakes Aquatic
Habitat Network and Fund Director, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council,
426 Bay Street, Petoskey, MI  49770, (231)347-1181 ext. 106,
jill@watershedcouncil.org.  For a full request for proposals and
application information, visit www.glhabitat.org.

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