State awards 13 grants to fight aquatic invasive plants

    Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Higgins Lake | EGLE photo

    The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s (EGLE) Water Resources Division has awarded $12,300 in grants under the Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Program.

    Map of aquatic invasive species grants | EGLE

    Thirteen grants will be made to lake associations and local governments in 12 counties to reimburse permit fees for the inland lake projects.

    Work to control invasive species will take place on Big Bass Lake in Lake County, Birch Lake in Cass County, Brownwood Lake in Van Buren County, Clark Lake in Jackson County, Duck Lake in Calhoun County, Higgins Lake in Roscommon County, Lake Lansing in Ingham County, Nepessing Lake in Lapeer County, Round Lake in Mason County, Sand Lake in Lenawee County, Thompson Lake in Livingston County, and West Twin and East Twin lakes in Montmorency County.

    Invasive species are not native to Michigan and their introduction causes, or is likely to cause, economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Michigan’s Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the EGLE, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Natural Resources.

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