Watercraft inspections by DNR staff

2017 grant program

Application Deadline: 9:00 AM Monday, April 24, 2017

Program purpose

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Program is offering grants for watercraft inspections by DNR staff in 2017.  These grants are intended to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species into Minnesota waters.  This grant program is designed to assist local organizations that would like additional watercraft inspections (beyond what is done by the DNR Watercraft Inspection Program) at particular water accesses.  This is an offer to split the cost ($24/hour) of additional watercraft inspections with cooperators.  The cooperating organization can provide input into scheduling the hours of inspection.  The DNR will recruit, hire, and schedule the inspectors, and provide supervision, insurance, and social security costs. 

Eligible applicants

Description of grant offer and funding levels:

If you would like to have DNR Watercraft Inspectors working additional hours at a particular water body/ water access, you must apply through this program.  All potential projects will be ranked based on the grant criteria listed below.  Highly ranked projects will be offered a grant, by which the DNR will pay for 50% of the cost of granted watercraft inspection hours.  Applicants may be awarded all or some of their requested hours.  The DNR will provide a maximum of 375 inspection hours per lake up to a maximum total grant of 750 hours.  A lake is considered unique if it has its own inventory number, which can be found on lakefinder.  If one access serves several lakes in a chain, each lake can be counted towards the 750 hour limit if they are clearly noted in the application.  We will only accept one application per applicant.

The cost of access inspections is $24 per hour.  Approximately 7,500 inspection hours will be allotted under this grant program.  After the close of the watercraft inspection season, cooperators will receive a final report of all watercraft inspections conducted during the project period and a bill for their share of the cost of those inspections. 

Grant criteria

Proposed water bodies/ water accesses will be evaluated by DNR staff within the Invasive Species Program based on the following criteria.  The number of inspection hours offered to cooperators will depend on available funds and how closely the proposed water bodies/ water accesses meet the grant criteria listed below. 

A water body/water access will be ranked higher if it is:

  1. A high-use water access, based on the number of parking spaces and past watercraft inspector observations.  Proposed accesses will be ranked based on their average rate of use.  Individual water accesses with low use will be dropped from your grant proposal.
  2. A water body located in a high-use or popular traveler destination area.
  3. A water access near or on an infested water.

The final amount of DNR match and the number of inspection hours offered to cooperators will depend upon:

If you are interested in this grant program, read and submit the grant application:

Return the completed application form to:

Wendy Crowell
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
500 Lafayette Rd St. Paul, MN 55155
Fax:  651-296-1811

Applications must be received on or before the application deadline.  Electronic submissions are encouraged. You may hand deliver your application on or before the deadline Monday morning, 9:00 AM, April 24th, during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).  Proposals must be submitted on the application form.  

You will be notified when your application is received.  If you do not receive a notification within three business days after you submit it please contact Wendy Crowell (651-259-5085).

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Further information

Questions concerning the watercraft program or the Delegation Agreement please contact your regional Watercraft Inspection Program Supervisor.

Questions regarding the grant process:

Wendy Crowell

Ecological Resources Grants Coordinator