§ 23-7-16 Grants for mosquito abatement.
(a) Consistent with the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, the mosquito abatement board shall establish a competitive grant program. Only a mosquito abatement district formed or authorized pursuant to § 23-7-7 is eligible to receive a grant pursuant to this section. A mosquito abatement district shall be eligible to apply for one grant per year. The purpose of the grant program shall be to provide financial support to mosquito abatement districts for programs of long term preventive mosquito control that lead to minimization of pesticide use and minimal disruption of natural environments. The mosquito abatement board shall promulgate rules and regulations regarding the awarding of grants pursuant to this section. Appropriate uses of grant money may include, but are not limited to, the following: assisting cities and towns in mapping and data collection or in any start-up projects relating to the establishment of a mosquito abatement district, inventory of larval mosquito breeding sources, application of innovative and environmentally sound mosquito control methods, execution of approved water management projects which deal with mosquito control, and the purchase of educational materials and educational services, larvicide application equipment, and larval management operations. All grants shall be used in a manner consistent with established state policy for mosquito abatement. In the event that a district does not utilize all or any portion of its grant money, then the district shall return to the mosquito abatement board the nonutilized grant money.
(b) The mosquito abatement board pursuant to chapter 35 of title 42 shall promulgate in regulation form the criteria upon which the grants will be awarded. The regulations setting forth grant criteria, in their final form, shall be given to all grant applicants. The mosquito abatement board shall clearly state, in writing, the reasons for its approval or denial of a grant.
(c) The director of the department of environmental management will allocate funds to the Rhode Island mosquito abatement board to establish and carry out the mosquito abatement grant program. This program shall consist of up to eighty percent (80%) state matching grants for all eligible uses as outlined in subsection (a) of this section. Grants issued to Rhode Island cities and towns registered with the mosquito abatement board as mosquito abatement districts shall be conducted in accordance with this chapter and all rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this chapter.
(P.L. 1989, ch. 96, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 139, § 1.)