Organizations have until Jan. 6, 2020, to apply for grants from Alliant Energy’s Prairie du Sac Dam Aquatic Resources Enhancement Fund. The fund will provide monies for 2020-2021 projects focused on improving the waters of the Lake Wisconsin basin. Conservation, river management groups, governmental units and educational institutions are eligible.
“Lake Wisconsin was formed more than a century ago by the construction of our Prairie du Sac Dam, and it is a natural resource many people enjoy throughout the year,” said Amanda Blank, Alliant Energy’s site manager for hydroelectric and gas generation. “These grants help ensure the lake and its surrounding waters remain healthy and available for future generations.”
Projects eligible for financial support include aquatic studies and research, water quality enhancements, and habitat mitigation and enhancement. Projects must be located between state Highway 12 and the tailrace of the Castle Rock Dam, including tributaries of the Wisconsin River, such as the Baraboo River.
The River Alliance of Wisconsin, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will select the projects to receive grants. Requests should not exceed $50,000 per year for a maximum of two years. The award recipients will be announced in spring 2020.
For more information on the fund and to obtain grant application materials, please visit alliantenergy.com/lakewisgrants.