DEEP announces new grant

The Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced Thursday they are issuing grants to municipalities for the reduction of aquatic invasive species on inland waters.

The spread of aquatic invasive species in Connecticut poses a serious threat to the biodiversity of native aquatic ecosystems, said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee.

DEEP has up to $150,000 for grants to give to towns in 2015. The grant program will cover 50 percent of the proposed cost, grants will range from $2,500 to $50,000.

Projects must restore an inland water body from a population of aquatic invasive species.

Fairfield County has four inland  bodies of water that DEEP monitors for bacteria levels weekly.

Skyler Magnoli