The Aquatic Weeds Management Fund (AWMF) provides financial and technical assistance to local and state governments, tribes, and special purpose districts to reduce the propagation of freshwater aquatic invasive plants and to manage the problems these invasive plants cause. This Program provides grants for the following:
– Activities intended to prevent, reduce, or manage excessive growth of freshwater, aquatic invasive plants.
– Development of public education programs relating to the management of freshwater aquatic invasive plants.
– Demonstration or pilot projects (applied research), determined on a case-by-case basis through the competitive program submission.
Ecology limits projects to lakes, rivers, and streams with publicly provided seasonal or year-round boat launching ramps (except for Hydrilla verticillata projects), or lakes designated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for fly fishing only. Projects in wetlands not associated with a lake or stream are not eligible for funding under this program.