Through the effort of Senator Patrick Leahy, the LCBP and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Lake Champlain Office will receive over six million dollars to be allocated over the next three years to improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat within the Lake Champlain ecosystem. Our next E-News will provide more detail on these projects. This week the Lake Champlain Basin Program released several requests for proposals, seeking to award up to $840,000 in local pollution prevention, aquatic invasive species spread prevention, and education grants. Funding for the grants comes through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency. The amount of the grant awards for pollution prevention and aquatic invasive species grants has increased to $25,000 this year and education grants will be capped at $7,500.Small organizational support grants for local watershed groups also are included in this grant round. The deadline to submit proposals is October 7, 2010. For further information, log onto http://www.lcbp.org/grants.htm(link is external). Image: Beth Card, NEIWPCC Director of Water Quality, signs the Great Lakes Fishery Commission MOU, with Senator Leahy and James Geiger of the US Fish and Wildlife Service looking on. Marc Gaden of the GLFC and Curt Spalding of the US EPA were also present. Photo by LCBP.