Water Quality Program Funding Opportunities


Aquatic Invasive Plant Management Grants

History of grant program

Invasive, non-native aquatic plants are a serious threat to the health of lakes, rivers, and streams throughout the state. Excessive  invasive plant growth impairs fish and wildlife habitat and restricts recreational activities.

In 1991, the legislature established the Freshwater Aquatic Invasive Plant Management Program to provide financial and technical support to tackle the problem on a statewide level. This Account provides funding for technical assistance, public education and grants to help control aquatic invasive plants. Revenue for the Account comes from a $3 fee on the annual registration of boat trailers, which are the biggest vector of aquatic invasive species.

Aquatic Invasive Plants Management Grants
Current funding cycle

 Grant applications are accepted from October 1 through November 15 of each year during a formal application process. Grant applications are evaluated by people experienced with aquatic plant management.  Generally about $350,000 is available during each annual funding cycle.

 An additional $100,000 may be available for "early infestation" grants if they meet the qualifications listed in the guidelines. The purpose of early infestation grants is to provide immediate financial assistance to local or state governments to eradicate or contain a new invasion of an invasive, non-native aquatic plant.  The species, size, and densisty of the infestation determine whether it qualifies for an “early infestation” grant.

Applications Accepted Who’s Eligible Eligible Project Types Match Grant Limit

October 1 to November 15 each year

Eligible public bodies:

  • State agencies
  • Counties, cities
  • Special purpose districts
  • Tribes

Eligible activities include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Development of integrated aquatic vegetation management plans
  • Plant control activities
  • Education/information projects
  • Aquatic plant mapping and inventory
  • Pilot and demonstration projects, evaluation of implementation effectiveness, and follow-up monitoring

25% Local match

Funds are limited to $30,000 (state share) for planning grants and $75,000 (state share) for other projects. Each public body is limited to $75,000 per annual grant cycle and $75,000 for early infestation. Early infestation projects are limited to $50,000 per project.

Lizbeth Seebacher
Email: lizbeth.seebacher@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-6938

More information

Aquatic Weeds Financial Assistance website, www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/grants/index.html
Enabling legislation