F24AS00264 FY2024 Implementation of the Quagga and Zebra Mussel Action Plan (QZAP) in the Western United States

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
February 14th, 2024
Close Date
April 15th, 2024
Total Funding
$2,200,000.00
Award Ceiling
$600,000.00
Award Floor
$50,000.00
Opportunity No.
F24AS00264

Agency

Fish and Wildlife Service (DOI-FWS)

Eligible Applicants

Unrestricted

Funding Category

Environment

Funding Instrument

Other

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Fish and Wildlife Service has posted a grant opportunity titled "FY2024 Implementation of the Quagga and Zebra Mussel Action Plan (QZAP) in the Western United States". This grant aims to address the issue of Quagga and Zebra Mussels, which are aquatic invasive species rapidly expanding their range in the Western United States. The grant will fund proposals in the Western Regional Panel within the United States, with the goal of limiting the spread of invasive mussels through containment and protecting western ecosystems. The funding will be allocated towards various priorities, including inspection and decontamination of watercraft, compliance with laws, outreach and education efforts, capacity building, and research. The grant has an estimated total program funding of $2,200,000, with an award ceiling of $600,000 and an award floor of $50,000. The close date for applications is April 15, 2024, and applicants are advised to apply through grantsolutions.gov instead of grants.gov. For more information, interested parties can contact Barak Shemai at barak_shemai@fws.gov.

Description

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 one major source of invasive mussels, which are easily transported via trailered watercraft to areas that have not yet been invaded. This Request For Proposals (RFP) will fund proposals in the listed principal areas towards the fulfillment of the top priorities in the Quagga/Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters (QZAP 2.0) and will be limited to states within the boundaries of the Western Regional Panel within the United States, not including Canada and Mexico (see map): 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;1. Protecting western ecosystems through support and/or establishment of prevention programs for invasive mussels at identified high risk control points. 2. Limiting the spread of invasive mussels through containment by increasing compliance with federal, state, local and tribal laws; 3. Increasing the effectiveness of outreach and education efforts to help advance prevention efforts; 4. Building capacity to detect and respond to new invasive mussel infestations;5. Conducting Research that benefits the priorities listed above, including (but not limited to) social science research to evaluate the effectiveness of invasive species prevention messaging, and research on non- target species impacts of invasive mussel control treatments (See Research Priorities: https://www.reabic.net/journals/mbi/2023/Accepted/MBI_2023_Counihan_et al_correctedproof.pdf) 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 2024 the Service plans to allocate approximately $2,200,000 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 the priories listed above.

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