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DNR grants address invasive aquatic plants in lakes
Start Date: 4/13/2017
Event Description:
DNR grants totaling more than $585,000 will be used to fight invasive aquatic plants in Indiana’s lakes.

The grants were awarded by DNR director Cameron F. Clark through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The 42 projects involve lakes in 16 counties. The applications were submitted by local sponsors who share at least 20 percent of the total cost.

LARE grants are funded through the LARE fee paid by boat owners annually when they register their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This user-funded program benefits boaters all over the state. The grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for many local organizations to fund on their own.

“These LARE grants further our goals of improving aquatic habitat while enhancing recreational opportunities for fishing and boating,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife. “Addressing invasive plants in many of Indiana’s most popular public lakes should benefit many lake users during the summer boating season.”

The grants will help control or manage aggressive non-native species, including Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and starry stonewort, that can take over and clog lakes. The grants can also provide economic benefits to lake communities by improving and increasing public access opportunities for those who fish or pleasure-boat.

The list of projects by water body, county, and grant award:
Water body (County) Grant award
Adams Lake (LaGrange) $12,640
Atwood Lake (LaGrange) $8,560
Backwater Lake (Kosciusko) $1,300
Barbee Lakes chain (Kuhn, Barbee, Little Barbee, Irish, Sawmill, Banning and Sechrist lakes) (Kosciusko) $6,750
Bass Lake (Starke) $25,600
Beaver Dam and Loon lakes (Kosciusko) $2,030
Big Long Lake (LaGrange) $18,000
Big Turkey and Henry lakes (Steuben/Lagrange) $20,500
Bruce Lake (Fulton and Pulaski) $5,000
Center Lake (Kosciusko) $16,600
Chapman Lakes (Big Chapman and Little Chapman) (Kosciusko) $28,400
Clear Lake (LaPorte) $9,600
Crooked Lake (Steuben) $9,000
Dewart Lake (Kosciusko) $5,875
Fish Lakes chain (Upper Fish, Lower Fish and Mud lakes) (LaPorte) $27,800
Flint Lake (Porter) $18,400
Four Lakes area-(Mill Pond, Kreighbaum, Cook and Holem lakes) (Marshall) $29,200
Geist Reservoir (Hamilton and Marion) $5,000
Griffy Lake (Monroe) $17,200
Hamilton Lake (Steuben) $39,000
Hudson Lake (LaPorte) $18,450
Jimmerson Lake (Steuben) $12,080
Koontz Lake (Marshall) $6,500
Lake George (Steuben) $8,375
Lake Lemon (Monroe and Brown) $5,000
Lake of the Woods (Marshall) $12,400
Lake Pleasant (Steuben) $13,520
Little Turkey Lake (LaGrange) $4,725
Long Lake (Porter) $3,460
New Lake (Gibson) $5,200
Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes (LaGrange) $10,160
Pine Lake (LaPorte) $35,100
Pretty Lake (LaGrange) $6,400
Simonton Lake (Elkhart) $1,500
Stone and Brokesha lakes (LaGrange) $13,160
Stone Lake (LaPorte) $5,000
Sylvan Lake (Noble) $5,000
Tippecanoe Lake chain (Tippecanoe, James and Oswego lakes) (Kosciusko) $34,500
Wall Lake (LaGrange) $10,880
Wawasee and Syracuse lakes (Kosciusko) $18,500
Webster Lake (Kosciusko) $36,000
West Otter Lake (Steuben) $13,300
Total $585,665

              
Contact Information:
Name: Greg Biberdorf
Phone: (317) 233-1484
Email: lare@dnr.IN.gov
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