Grants to Iowa County Conservation Boards for land acquisition and to develop fish habitats. Funding is intended for costs associated with the construction and repair of lakes, streams, and ponds, sediment-retaining basins, dam removal, and construction of fish barriers and rock-faced jetties.
Eligible development activates include:
Physical placement of fish habitats in ponds, lakes, pits and streams
Armoring of pond, lake pit, and stream shores
Construction of aeration systems
Dredging of ponds or lakes
Construction of sediment retaining basins
Repair of lake dams and outlets
Manipulation of fish populations and aquatic vegetation
Removal of dams
Construction of fish ladders
Construction of fish barriers
Construction of rock-faced jetties
Acquisition projects are eligible when the land is used for fish habitat development purposes. Project activities eligible for funding include:
Land acquisition for pond and lake construction
Land acquisition for fishable streams, ponds, and lakes
All county conservation boards are eligible to participate in the program. If the department determines that a county has unlawfully used fish habitat funds, the county shall be ineligible for further assistance until the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Natural Resource Commission.
Two or more counties may join together to carry out a project. However, for the purposes of the grant program, the DNR will accept only one county as the primary sponsor.
In order for a project site to be eligible for a development grant, it must be under the physical control of the applicant, either by fee title, lease, management agreement, or easement. The term of a lease, management agreement, or easement must be commensurate with the life expectancy of the proposed development. Ten years is the minimum period that will generally be acceptable.
The cost of land in excess of the approved appraised valuation and in-kind services (donated labor, materials and equipment use; force account labor and equipment use and sponsor’s own labor and equipment) shall not be eligible for assistance.
An applicant shall submit an application to the review and selection committee chairperson within the appropriate County Conservation Board district no later than 4:30 pm on the last working day of November to be eligible for review.
Up to 90 percent of costs may be reimbursed under this program.
The committee will review and select applications for funding by January 15 following the last business day in November deadline of the previous year. The committee will forward selected applications to the DNR by January 22. The DNR will present the committees’ recommendations to the Natural Resource Commission at its next meeting following the rating of projects for funding.
Additional Funding Information
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Estimated Size of Grant
Available funds are divided equally between the six county districts. Approximately $70,000 will be available this grant cycle.
Submit only one reimbursement request for development projects costing $10,000 or less. If more than $10,000, no more than two reimbursement requests may be submitted.
Term of Contract
Projects must be completed 24 months from the date counties are notified of grant approval.