Educational Invasives Funding


—– Original Message —–
From: “Caitlin Cusack”
Does anyone have any funding suggestions for Dave (see below)?

Dear colleagues,
I am writing to pick your brain for grants or foundations that I could look foreducational funding. I have funding for my research but I am trying to acquire money to create a national monitoring network to monitor for invasive species.

To make this feasible and sustinable, I need to find funding so that educational groups have supplies and/or buses to travel and sample in North America. If you have any ideas or contacts, please send any possibilities. Also if interested and have similar goals, you could be incorporated in the grant.

Any input and help is greatly appreciated.

All the best,
McGill University


Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 12:50:28 -0400
From: Carol Doss
Subject: Re: [cem] Fwd: Educational funding

I went through my files and below are a bunch of sources from my files. I didn’t have time to reread to see if they fit with your proposal, so you’ll need to go through each one. Best wishes.

Patagonia is offering grants to fund environmental work. Check out the grant guidelines at
They welcome proposals during the months of April and August.

Also: EPA Section 319(h) Funds
Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) is the leading cause of water quality degradation in the US. Pollutants including: nitrogen, phosphorus, pesticides, acid mine drainage, and fecal matter are all considered nonpoint source pollutions. In 1987, Section 319(h) was added to the Clean Water Act to create a national program to deal with nonpoint pollution. Section 319(h) authorizes EPA to disperse grant monies to states with approved NPS Assessment Reports & NPS Management Programs. On a yearly basis, the EPA allocates section 319(h) funds the states. It varies from state to state which departments/agencies deal with nonpoint pollution. Upon the allocation of EPA section 319(h) funds to the states, whichever state department/agency deals with nonpoint pollution first divides the 319 monies into two categories: Incremental funds & Base funds. States decide based on priorities how to 319 funds are used. Funds are made available through subawards (contracts & subgrants) to both public & private entities. Subawardees (watershed groups) use section 319(h) funds to implement NPS projects. A nonfederal match is required to go along with the section 319(h) grant.

Find out how your state distributes NPS 319 funds


ALABAMA Norm Blakey, Chief
Department of Environmental Management
Nonpoint Source Unit
PO Box 301463
1400 Coliseum Blvd.
Montgomery, AL. 36110â?’2059
Phone: (334) 394-4354
FAX: (334) 394-4383

ILLINOIS Amy Walkenbach
Nonpoint Source Unit Manager
Illinois EPA
P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, IL 62794-9276
Phone: (217) 782-3362
Fax: (217) 785-1225
INDIANA Linda Schmidt
IN Department of Environmental
P.O. Box 6015
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6015
Phone: (317) 233-1432
Fax: (317) 232-8406

IOWA Ubbo Agena
Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Bldg.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-6402
Fax: (515) 281-8895

KENTUCKY Corrine Wells
KY Div. Of Water – NPS Section
14 Reilly Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 564-3410
Fax: (502) 564-0111

MARYLAND Kenneth Sloate
NPS Program Manager
MD Dept of Natural Resources
Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed
Tawes State Office Bldg., B-3

Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-8736
Fax: (410) 260-8739

MISSOURI Greg Anderson
Nonpoint Source Coordinator
Missouri Dept of Nat. Resources, WPCP
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-7144
Fax: (573) 526-6802

OHIO John Kessler
Ohio EPA
122 South Front Street
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43215â?’1049
Phone: 614â?’644â?’2020
Fax: 614â?’460â?’8275

OKLAHOMA Jim Leach, Assistant Director
Conservation Commission
Water Quality Program
5225 N. Shartel, Ste. 102
Oklahoma City, OK 73118-6035
Phone: (405) 810-1039
Fax: (405) 810-1046

J. D. Strong
Office of the Secretary of Environment
3800 North Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 530-8995
Fax: (405) 530-8999

Jennifer Wasinger
Environmental Grants Administrator
Office of the Secretary of Environment
3800 North Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 530-8800
Fax: (405) 530-8999

PA Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Watershed Conservation
P.O. Box 8555
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8555
Phone: (717) 772-5642
Fax: (717) 772-9549

TENNESSEE Sam Marshall
TN Dept of Agriculture
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN
Phone: (615) 837-5306
Fax: (615) 837-5025

VIRGINIA J. Richard Hill, Jr.
Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
203 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23129
Phone: (804) 786-7119
Fax: (804) 786-1798

Assistant Deputy Director
Nonpoint Source and Framework Branch
Division of Water and Waste Management
Division of Environmental Protection
1201 Greenbrier Street
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-2107
Fax: (304)558-2780

Information relayed by ECRR

Also,Grant Glance from ECRR (
Altria Group, Inc. 2004 Environmental Request for Proposal
The parent company of Kraft Foods & Philip Morris is accepting RFPs until September 30, 2004. Their grants support programs & projects that foster new ideas & encourage collaboration among stakeholders that address water impairment & water use issues, & their impact on watersheds.
Altria Group will award up to 20 grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 per project.
Grants will be awarded in two categories: Foster Scientific Understanding/ Build
Best Practices or Promote Community Engagement / Encourage Responsible Policy.

More information than you want probably, but here is a list of various sources:

Potential Sources for Environmental Grants

Check the web for sources and take a look at these potential funders.
Watershed Grant Directory maintained by Boise State University:

Environmental Protection Agency-

Wal-Mart (Ask your local manager about special grants for nonprofits.)

National Soft Drink Association-

Seed Grants from America the Beautiful Fund (not Keep America Beautiful)
Write 1730 K St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 or call 202-638-1649

American Greenways

NAPCOR – National Association for Plastic Container Recovery
Grants program changed a few years ago; inquire about current status.

Clean Water Partners

Innovations Work Group

Environmental Support Center

PG&E National Energy Group



Southeastern Rivers and Streams
Five Star Grant

Virginia Environmental Endowment

Slemp Foundation
Star National Trust Services
425 Walnut St.
P.O. Box 1118
Cincinnati, OH 45201-1118

Wallace Global Fund
Grant proposals are processed & reviewed on a continual basis by the Wallace Global Fund staff. The average grant size is $50,000, with actual grant awards ranging from $2,000 to $400,000. The Fund makes both one-year and multi-year grants. The review process typically takes between one & three months. In addition to grantmaking, WGF staff often provides potential network contacts, advice, & other assistance to applicants.

To get started, WGF recommends submitting a concept paper, not in excess of three pages, prior to the submission of a full proposal. This paper, accompanied by a brief letter of inquiry, should state: the problems being addressed, the goal of the initiative, specific objectives, & accompanying
strategies as well as anticipated results, requested grant amount, project time period with start & end dates, and primary contact person. Applicants will be informed if a full proposal is warranted, at which time prospective grantees should submit materials & supporting documents as outlined online.

Address letters to:
Wallace Global Fund
1990 M Street, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20036
phone 202-454-1530
fax 202-452-0922

Assessment & Watershed Protection Program Grants
Request for Proposals FY 2005
Due date: February 16, 2005
Summary: Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants (AWPPGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. The goals of this program include supporting a watershed approach to better address water quality problems in the US and building the capacity of all levels of government to develop and implement effective, comprehensive programs for watershed protection, restoration, and management. These are tied into goals two and four (clean and safe water) of the EPA Strategic Plan, which includes restoring and maintaining watersheds and their aquatic ecosystems and oceans in order to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife. States and local governments, nonprofits, and nongovernmental institutions and individuals are eligible to apply. Grant awards from $5,000 to $80,000 More info:
The proposals must be submitted in their entirety, no more than six pages, in electronic form to
Watershed Program priorities contact Tim Icke 202-566-1211
Nonpoint Source Program priorities contact Katie Flahive 202-566-1206

“Upon those who step into the same rivers different and again different waters flow.”
Regional Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program Research Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) is a long-term research program designed to statistically monitor the conditions of our Nation’s ecological resources. REMAP, which is a component of EMAP, was developed to test the applicability of EMAP’s probabilistic approach to answer questions about ecological conditions at regional and local levels. The research projects should address real regional environmental issues where monitoring results will influence decisions; address data gaps and advance the science of ecological monitoring. Areas of emphasis for this year’s projects include approaches designed to advance integrated monitoring. These would include (but are not limited to): Designs and tools for assessments of great/large rivers, wetlands, and lakes. Integration of 305 (b) reports and other existing data sources with the 303(d) listing process. Improved development of biological reference conditions for establishing biological criteria. Approaches to demonstrate the effectiveness of restoration/remediation at the watershed level.

The successful applicant must deliver outcomes which support the efforts at meeting longer term environmental outcomes and are linked to EPA’s Strategic Plan and EPA’s long-term research goals for Ecosystem Protection. These goals include clean and safe water, land preservation and restoration, healthy communities and ecosystems and compliance and environmental stewardship.

The breakdown of these goals can be found on the EPA’s website. Expected Outputs delivered by this assistance agreement would include, but are not limited to:
Provide environmental managers and researchers with a better understanding of links between human activities, natural dynamics, ecological stressors, and ecosystem conditions. Provide tools that managers and researchers can use to predict stressors on ecological resources. Provide scientifically defensible methods for protecting and restoring the ecosystem condition.

Award Information: Proposal budgets must total $384,000 or less, with one award for each EPA region.

Application: The information for the proposal can be found at, on pages 6 and 7.

Submission Dates: March 14, 2005 to
U.S. EPA Mid Continent Ecology Division
Attn: Jo Thompson, National REMAP Coordinator
6201 Congdon Blvd.
Duluth, MN 55804

More Information:
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 14:46:11 -0400
From: Linda Green
Subject: RE: [cem] Fwd: Educational funding

I suggest you contact
Joan Deely
Program Assistant, New England Invasive Plant Group
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
52 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413.863.0209 ext 1
413.863.3070 fax

to learn about other invasives monitoring programs in the US.
Linda Green
URI Cooperative Extension Water Quality
Department of Natural Resources Science
1 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881-0804


Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring


Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:26:56 -0500
From: Kris Stepenuck
Subject: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?

Hi all-

I’m wondering if your volunteer monitoring programs have aquatic invasive species monitoring methods that you can share? I’m curious what is monitored by volunteers in terms of aquatic invasive species.


Kris Stepenuck

Kris Stepenuck
Wisconsin Volunteer Stream Monitoring Coordinator
445 Henry Mall, Rm 202
Madison, WI 53706-1577
Phone: 608-265-3887
Fax: 608-262-2031


Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:34:10 -0400
From: “Picotte, Amy”
Subject: FW: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?
Cc: “Matthews, Leslie”

I’m copying Leslie Matthews with your inquiry. Leslie has started up a
new volunteer program here in Vermont, called the Volunteer Invasive
Patrollers (VIPs). She has a set training program that includes
identifying aquatic native and non-native animal and plant species,
which makes for a terrific educational opportunity for the volunteers.
The volunteers are equipped with viewing scopes and given data sheets to
use for reporting their findings. I’ll let Leslie fill in the details,
but I think the program is off (started in 2007) to a fantastic start.

(Leslie, Kris has worked a lot with Linda Green — We worked with Linda
last week at the New England Lakes Conference.)

Amy Picotte
Environmental Analyst
Lakes and Ponds Section
DEC-Water Quality Division
103 S. Main St.
Waterbury, VT 05671-0408
Tel. 802-241-3789
fax. 802-241-4537

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:54:58 -0400
From: Jo Latimore
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?

Hi Kris,

Michigan’s Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program is piloting an “Exotic
Aquatic Plant Watch” program, focused on Eurasian water milfoil, Hydrilla,
and curly-leaf pondweed. See the methods and materials here (scroll to the

Even though we have lots of volunteers actively monitoring traditional lake
parameters like Secchi depth, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll, we’ve had
difficulty getting volunteers to sign up for the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch
– perhaps due to the detailed procedure (fairly time consuming) or the
enrollment cost ($60, includes confirmation of any of the “big three” exotic
plants identified by volunteers).

However, the training for the program is VERY popular – people like to learn
how to identify invasives, but seem more interested in “watching” for them
on their own, than documenting them for an organized program.


Jo Latimore, Ph.D.
Lake, Stream, & Watershed Outreach
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
13 Natural Resources Bldg.
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
(517) 432-1491

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:01:03 -0500
From: “Herman, Laura J – DNR”

The Wisconsin Citizen Lakes Monitoring Network has an invasives monitoring manual
covering a number of species. The manual is available online at:
Laura Herman
Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator
107 Sutliff Ave.
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(() phone: (715) 346-3989 (Stevens Point)
(() phone: (715) 365-8998 (Rhinelander)
(() fax: (715) 365-8932
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Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:07:37 -0500
From: Erik Olson
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?


Our volunteers monitor and control Purple Loosestrife on Wisconsin’s
third largest lake the Chippewa Flowage. Since our funding is running
out we have transitioned the program over to the Chippewa Flowage Area
Property Owners Association (linked from my web page). They helped us
get an inventory of PL and data associated with each infestation for
management and research.

Here is a link to the web page for our volunteer program for
more information. (I am definitely not a web page designer!)

Miigwech for your interest,

Erik Olson
Natural Resource Specialist
LCO Ojibwe Community College

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 09:08:11 -0700
From: Eleanor Ely
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?

**Apologies for cross-posting**

Kris’s query is very timely from my point of view. The current issue of The
Volunteer Monitor (Summer 2008, on the topic of “Doing Science, Taking
Action”) is in final layout and soon I will be starting work on the next
issue, whose topic will be “Monitoring Invasive Species.” So I would love to
see any replies to this topic.

I am also interested in other aspects of invasive species monitoring besides
what species are monitored and by what methods. For example, I’m interested
in how volunteers are trained; what actions groups have taken to control or
remove invasive species; outcomes of those efforts; validation of
volunteers’ invasive species data; hurdles and challenges of invasive
species monitoring; lessons learned (i.e., how programs have evolved and
improved over time); and anything else that seems interesting or useful.


Eleanor Ely
Editor, The Volunteer Monitor Newsletter
50 Benton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:25:14 -0500
From: Chris Riggert
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?

Hi Kris,

In Missouri we have been teaching and implementing a zebra mussel monitoring
activity that our Stream Team WQM Volunteers can do while they are at their monitoring
location. It is taught as part of the Introductory Level workshop, I tried attaching the chapter
we provide as part of their notebook, but it didn’t like the attachment. However, you can find it
online at:

The protocol is basically to look on hard surfaces at their monitoring location, although they can
sink a cinder block at their site for “artificial” substrate.

The form is the last page of the chapter, and is also available as an online submission

We have about a dozen or so that actively report they are monitoring (either by the form, or on an
Activity Report), but we’ve had about 2,500 individuals sit through the Intro workshop since we started
presenting information on Zebra Mussels in 2000. So I would suspect there are more individuals that be
able to recognize and report finding these if they showed up at their monitoring location.

I would be happy to send you the PowerPoint presentation, but will have to burn it to a disk and snail mail it
(it’s over 16 mb and big enough our server won’t let it out and play, ha!).


Christopher M. Riggert
Stream Team Program
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator
Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 180
2901 W. Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180
Phone: (573) 522-4115 ext. 3167
Fax: (573) 526-0990

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 09:43:49 -0700
From: Streamkeepers
Subject: RE: [CSREESVolMon] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?

Hi Kris,

I’ve attached our Noxious Weeds monitoring protocol (28 KB pdf file), data sheet (61 KB pdf file), and a
proposed current-impact-on-habitat grading system (13 KB pdf file) to turn the data into
a score that can be correlated with other water-quality scores such as

Our state mandates Noxious Weed Control Boards in each county, and we do
this monitoring in conjunction with that office. They helped us design
the protocol and data sheet, and we turn in all data collected to them.
They then follow up as appropriate.

Noxious Weed education and identification are an important part of the
training we provide to our volunteers.

and a P.S. from a later email…

For a 10 MB slideshow our county weed coordinator

Cheers, Ed

Ed Chadd & Adar Feller
Streamkeepers of Clallam County
Clallam County Department of Community Development
223 E. 4 St., Suite 5
Port Angeles, WA 98362
360-417-2281; FAX 360-417-2443

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 09:54:21 -0700
From: Trevor Hare
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?

Kris -Sky Island Alliance has used volunteers to survey for bullfrogs for
years using simple protocols based on leopard frog survey protocols.
Basically approaching a water body or lotic system slowly, scanning the
water and banks for frogs, then walking the perimeters to get plop counts.
If frogs are seen and no positive id is made we will then go in and seine or
dipnet. We also record any non-native vegetation associated w/ the riparian
areas, along with size of the body, water amounts, turbidity (by eye), other
aquatic critters, etc. -Trevor

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:14:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kelly Stettner
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?
To: Volunteer water monitoring

Maine’s Center for Invasive Plants has a terrific-sounding training program. Get ahold of Roberta with questions. I’m in Vermont, and Roberta gave a terrific presentation at a recent conference of NALMS, North American Lake Management Society.

Black River Action Team (BRAT)
45 Coolidge Road
Springfield, VT 05156

From: Kris Stepenuck []
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:02 AM
Subject: Fwd: RE: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?

Hi Roberta-

Kelly Stettner from Vermont recently saw you present at NALMS about aquatic invasive species volunteer monitoring. I wonder what your group is monitoring for and how much training people are provided?


Kris Stepenuck

Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 15:30:06 -0400
Subject: RE: RE: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?
To: ‘Kris Stepenuck’

Hi Kris.

Our Invasive Plant Patrol monitors are trained to conduct screening surveys for the eleven IAP listed by Maine law as imminent threats. They also are encouraged to be alert to other species (plants, animals, and algae) on Maine’s radar. Our introductory workshop is 5.5 hours long. We also have several advanced training opportunities. We have trained about 1700 people since our first workshop in 2001. We also provide training for SCUBA divers and other individuals involved in IAP control projects in the state. Here is a link to more information about our IAS training on our website. Click on workshop title for a full description of each workshop.

You may also want to check out the invasives section of the 2007 Maine Lakes Report, also online at It provides a more thorough account of our program.

We appreciate your interest. Please let us know if we can be any further service.



Roberta Hill
Program Director, Center for Invasive Aquatic Plants
24 Maple Hill Road, Auburn, ME 04210

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 18:48:43 +0000
Subject: Re: [CSREESVolMon] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?

Hi Kris,
The Alliance for a Living Ocean relies totally on volunteers to do water
quality testing in the bay and watershed . We do not monitor the bay for
aquatic invasive species. However, we have been invaded by Sea Nettles
and Asian Shore Crabs.

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:46:55 -0400
From: “Matthews, Leslie”
Subject: RE: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?
To: “Picotte, Amy” ,

Kris –

To follow up on Amy’s note – visit the VIPs web site here:

VIPs monitor mostly for aquatic invasive plants (depending on the
audience I teach ID for 7-11 plants on our watch list). They also get
some training in animals, especially zebra mussels, rusty crayfish and a
couple of fish (round gobies, alewife).

I’d be happy to provide more information…



Leslie J. Matthews, Ph.D.
Environmental Scientist
Water Quality Division
Department of Environmental Conservation

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
103 South Main Street, 10 North
Waterbury, VT 05671
802-241-3798 (office)
802-498-3051 (mobile)

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:30:48 -0400
From: Ann Reid
Subject: Non Native species monitoring

Great Bay Coast Watch has just joined the MIMIC program with ME-RI-MA-CT-VT contact for the whole scoop..

Adrienne Pappal
Aquatic Invasive Species Program
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway St.
Boston, MA 02114

Ann S. Reid
Coordinator Great Bay Coast Watch
Kingman Farm Hse/UNH
Durham,NH 03824


Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 14:40:50 -0700
From: Erick Burres
Subject: Fwd: [volmonitor] Aquatic invasive species monitoring?


In CA many Aquatic AIS are tracked through Citizen monitors engaging in bioassessment. Many groups are involved in monitoring vegetation which would include Plant-AIS, certain species are tracked separately. Special protocols and training have been offered through university extension for Eur-Asian mussel monitoring (Valerie Borel, Watershed and Wildland Fire Education Coordinator, University of California Cooperative Extension-Los Angeles, 4800 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90022, 323-260-3851, . CA Dept of Fish and Game has fish monitoring protocols that are sometimes used by volunteers. Some partnerships have involved citizen monitors and CA Parks in removing Aquatic-AIS. I assume that they measured their effectiveness.


Erick Burres
Citizen Monitoring Coordinator
SWRCB- Clean Water Team

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