In-District Lakes Receive 2022 DEEP Grant Funding

Posted on June 30, 2022


(VERNON, COVENTRY) The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has recently announced the recipients of the second annual round of grant funding through the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grant Program, totaling $370,000 for 15 projects.

The grant program funds initiatives to reduce the impact of aquatic invasive species on Connecticut lakes, ponds, and rivers. Some of these species, such as Zebra mussels and Hydrilla, can become critically hazardous to the ecosystems in our own backyards. To avoid the potential boating, fishing, and swimming challenges presented by these threatening species, DEEP has chosen both Coventry Lake as well as Lower and Middle Bolton Lakes, partially located in Vernon.

According to DEEP, Coventry Lake will receive $50,000 for Control and Management of Hydrilla Treatment, while Lower and Middle Bolton Lakes will receive $34,989.75 for AIS and Cyanobacteria Management in Bolton and Vernon, CT.

“The beautiful lakes of our district have survived and served generations of Connecticut residents, also providing an unforgettable source for leisure activities and family fun,” said Representative Tim Ackert (R-8). “I am grateful for the preservation and protection of these natural resources that continue to play a dynamic role in our community.”

To learn more about aquatic invasive species in Connecticut, visit the DEEP website, here.

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