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Grants announced for 25 Lake and River Enhancement projects
Start Date: 8/24/2017
Event Description:
New grants for the care of Indiana's water bodies totaling $1,183,200 have been awarded through the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program.

The grants, awarded by DNR director Cameron Clark, fund projects in 20 counties, encompassing watersheds of more than 25 different lakes, rivers and streams.

Local sponsors submit applications for LARE assistance and commit to sharing a portion of the total cost. DNR's share comes from a fee paid annually by boat owners when registering their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Some projects address stream bank erosion; others enhance aquatic habitat. Nine watershed land treatment grants go to county soil and water conservation districts to help landowners reduce runoff of sediment and nutrients. Prevention is more economical than trying to remove these pollutants from lakes and streams in the future.

One grant in Muncie will address the removal of two low-head dams on the White River and the modification of a third dam. Removing dams that serve no current purpose improves stream habitat, allows aquatic communities to be reconnected and eliminates hazards.

“These projects are among many examples of how boat owners support conservation,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife. “With funding from LARE, local partners are making our waterways safer, enhancing habitat, reducing erosion and improving opportunities for boating and fishing.”

The list of projects by water body, county, project and grant award:

August 2017 LARE Grant Awards
Water body (County) Project Grant award
Blue River (Washington) Watershed land treatment $40,000
Cedar Lake (Lake) Stream bank stabilization $100,000
Cedar Creek (DeKalb) Engineering feasibility study of stream bank erosion $28,000
Clear Lake (Steuben) Island shoreline stabilization $96,000
Crooked Creek/Big Chapman Lake (Kosciusko) Stream bank stabilization $16,000
Crooked Lake (Noble/Whitley) Wetland repair and renovation $12,000
Driftwood River (Bartholomew) Watershed land treatment $30,000
Fawn River (Steuben) Watershed land treatment $30,000
Frank Jackson Drain/Pigeon Creek (Steuben) Wetland enhancement $67,200
Kabelin Drain/Pine Lake (LaPorte) Watershed diagnostic study of inputs to Pine Lake $21,600
Lake Maxinkuckee (Marshall) Design for wetland repair and renovation $38,400
Little River (Huntington) Stream bank stabilization $64,000
Loon Lake (Whitley/Noble) Island shoreline stabilization $40,000
Splunge Creek/Eel River (Vigo) Wetland enlargement and enhancement $20,000
Sugar Creek (Vigo) Stream bank stabilization and habitat enhancement $84,000
Sugar Creek/Browns Wonder (Boone) Watershed land treatment $10,000
Sugar Creek/Browns Wonder (Clinton) Watershed land treatment $30,000
Tippecanoe River (Pulaski) Stream bank stabilization and habitat enhancement $100,000
Turkey Creek (Kosciusko) Stream bank stabilization and habitat enhancement $76,000
Turtle Creek (Sullivan) Watershed land treatment $30,000
Upper Tippecanoe River (Kosciusko) Watershed land treatment $20,000
Upper Tippecanoe River (Noble) Watershed land treatment $20,000
Upper Tippecanoe River (Whitley) Watershed land treatment $20,000
Upper Wabash River Basin (Adams, Jay, Huntington & Wells) Engineering feasibility study of stream bank stability of the Wabash River in these four counties $40,000
White River (Delaware) Dam removal/modification $150,000
Total = $ 1,183,200

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.
Contact Information:
Name: Greg Biberdorf
Phone: (317) 233-1484
Email: lare@dnr.IN.gov
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