Funding Opportunity for Quagga and Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western Waters
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Quagga and Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western Waters has opened for competition at grants.gov.
Quagga and Zebra Mussels are aquatic invasive species that are rapidly expanding their range in the Western United States. Popular recreational reservoirs on or connected to the lower Colorado River are a major source of invasive mussels, which are easily transported via trailered watercraft to areas that have not yet been invaded.
This opportunity is authorized by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 as amended (16 U.S.C. 4701-4741). This Request For Proposals (RFP) will fund proposals in four principal areas towards the fulfillment of the top priorities in the Quagga/Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters (QZAP):
- Limiting the spread of invasive mussels through containment, especially by inspection and decontamination of watercraft moving from invaded water bodies to jurisdictions currently free of dreissenid mussels, and the coordination between states or other jurisdictions to this end;
- Limiting the spread of invasive mussels through containment by increasing compliance with state and tribal laws;
- Increasing the effectiveness of outreach and education efforts to help advance prevention efforts;
- Conducting Research consistent with the highest priorities of the 2015 Dreissenid Mussel Research Priorities Workshop which also benefit the priorities 1-3 listed above and the QZAP. Information regarding the 2015 Dreissenid Mussel Research Priorities Workshop can be found online at http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/centerforlakes_pub/49/.
Efforts to address the risks and impacts of these invasive species are on-going. They include development of QZAP, and funding by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) to address waters at highest risk for spreading invasive mussels. In fiscal year 2017 the Service plans to allocate approximately $940,000 to projects that will reduce or minimize the threat of quagga and zebra mussels to Western U.S. waters. Funding is available for a limited number of projects that target containment of quagga or zebra mussels in areas already infested, e.g., the lower Colorado River and connected waters, by minimizing the potential for trailered boats to carry invasive mussels to other waters, through actions that meet the four principle areas identified above.
Current closing date for applications: May 12, 2017