Grants available to battle invasive plants in lakes

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Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon. (File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State funding is available for local efforts to control or get rid of invasive plants in Michigan’s inland lakes.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says a new grant program will reimburse permit fees required for projects that use physical, biological or chemical controls targeting the unwanted species. A total of $100,000 will be awarded this year.

Details on eligibility are available online.

The department’s Water Quality Division is developing a handbook and application procedures, which will be posted June 1. Applications for grants will be accepted from June 1 through July 1.

Michigan’s Invasive Species Program is operated by the departments of Agriculture & Rural Development; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Natural Resources.

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