Quagga/Zebra Mussel News

Quagga & Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program Pre-Solicitation

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  • February 12, 2019

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways. For assistance with development of quagga/zebra mussel prevention plans or questions about obtaining a letter of prevention plan acceptance, contact your local California Department of Fish and Wildlife quagga/zebra mussel scientist.

Quagga & Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program
PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE

The application window for the 2018/19 Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program has been deferred to:

April 2, 2019 - May 10, 2019

This revised timeline will allow applicants to:

  • Gather the necessary ownership/management authority documentation;
  • Collect early detection mussel monitoring data;
  • Qualify for Tier 2 Implementation Grants, if applicable.

As stated previously, applicants, even returning applicants, will not be eligible for a Tier 2 Implementation Grant if they do not have a California Department of Fish and Wildlife accepted Prevention Plan.

A Solicitation Notice containing additional information regarding the webinar workshop (taking place in April 2019), the posting of the Grant Guidelines as well as other pertinent grant documents, and the accessibility of the On-Line Grant (OLGA) Application system, will be sent prior to opening of the grant application window stated above. The Notice will also be posted on the DBW website. The Program FAQs are currently posted on the State Parks website.

To Recap Previous 2018/19 QZ Grant Cycle Notices:

New for 2018/19 Applicants

  • Harbors and Navigation Code 676.1 (SB 790) broadened the eligibility to any person or entity that manages any aspect of the water in a reservoir.
  • To demonstrate that the reservoir is uninfested, applicants must provide mussel monitoring data collected between March 2018 and the date of application. Monitoring data can be from surface surveys, artificial substrates, and plankton tows.

Planning and Assessment Grant (Tier 1)

  • Maximum award amount: Up to $200,000
  • Applicants that do not already have a CDFW-accepted prevention plan can apply for a planning and assessment grant in order to develop a CDFW-accepted prevention plan for the reservoir that is compliant with Fish and Game Code Section 2302 and California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 672.1(b).

Implementation Grant (Tier 2)

  • Maximum award amount: Up to $400,000
  • To be eligible for an implementation grant, applicants must provide a letter from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) at the time of application that states CDFW has reviewed and accepted a prevention plan for the reservoir (pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 2302 and California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 672.1(b)).

Friendly Reminders

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Grant applicant must own or manage a reservoir, or manage some aspect of the water in a reservoir, which could include but is not limited to the recreational aspect of the reservoir, where recreational activities are permitted, pursuant to Harbors and Navigation Code 676.1 and Fish and Game Code 2302.
  • Applicant must demonstrate that the reservoir is uninfested with quagga and zebra mussels; and
  • The reservoir must be open to the public.

For questions regarding quagga/zebra mussel monitoring, or for prevention planning, including how to obtain a letter from CDFW, contact CDFW at Invasives@wildlife.ca.gov or Telephone: (866) 440-9530.

To receive future QZ Grant notices, click here. For more information: www.dbw.ca.gov/QZGrant; email QZGrant@parks.ca.gov; phone (888) 326-2822.