Shoreline Stabilization Mini-Grants Program
Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC), in partnership with VT Agency of Natural Resources is thrilled to release applications for Phase 2 of its 2012 Mini-Grant Program for Franklin and Grand Isle County Lake Champlain Property Owners. The mini-grants will support projects that address shoreline loss resulting from the Spring 2011 floods, which reached historic levels in Lake Champlain. Shoreline erosion contributes to water quality degradation in Lake Champlain. As eroded sediments enter the Lake, they pollute the water with excess phosphorus and other harmful nutrients that feed the growth of blue-green algae.
Phase 2 of the mini-grants program will provide project implementation grants up to $5,000 to individual property owners on the Lake Champlain shoreline in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties covering construction, materials and other services necessary to stabilize the eroded lakeshore, and repair or replace damaged trees and other vegetation. Selected projects will enhance wildlife habitat, focus on predominantly vegetated bio-engineered and bio-technical erosion control and stabilization solutions illustrated in NRPC’s Shoreline Stabilization Handbook (click here to view the handbook).
The goal of the Shoreline Stabilization Mini-Grant Program is to support efforts that protect and enhance the Lake Champlain shoreline in a way that restores it to a more natural state to improve water quality, restore habitat and educate people by demonstrating low impact, vegetated techniques.
To see the Phase 2 Property Owner RFP and Application in a PDF format click here.
To see the Phase 2 Property Owner Application form only in a Word document click here.