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[DNR] DNR grants to address sediment and logjams
Start Date: 5/20/2014
Event Description
Six Indiana counties will fix sediment and logjam problems in lakes and rivers thanks to $691,000 in grant funding this spring from the DNR.

The grants are part of the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in DNR’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.
 
The 10 projects selected for the spring 2014 involve seven lakes and four waterways. They were selected in a competitive process from among applications submitted by local sponsors. The grantees must share at least 20 percent of the cost.
 
LARE grants are funded through an annual fee paid by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. These grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for local organizations to fund on their own.
 
“These projects will enhance public accessibility to selected Indiana waterways and lakes, enhancing recreation potentials for boaters, anglers, paddlers, and others who enjoy Indiana’s lakes and rivers,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife.
 
The sediment removal grants will increase public access to lakes through selective dredging of areas heavily used by boaters, including some DNR Public Access Sites, and lake inlets that are a source of sediment to the lakes. The logjam removal projects should reduce the erosion caused by streams diverted by logjams. The clearing will provide better access for boats, kayaks and canoes, and reduce erosion and sedimentation into rivers and creeks.
 
The list of projects by water body, county, project type and grant award:
May 2014 LARE Logjam and Sediment Removal Grant Awards
Water body (County) Project type Grant award
Clear and Round lakes (Steuben) Sediment removal plan $7,500
James Lake (Kosciusko) Sediment removal $127,800
Pigeon River (LaGrange) Logjam removal $17,600
Plummer Creek (Greene) Logjam removal $20,000
Pretty Lake (LaGrange) Sediment removal $69,000
Salt Creek (Brown) Logjam removal $32,000
Simonton Lake (Elkhart) Sediment removal $200,000
Snow Lake (Steuben) Sediment removal $74,800
Tippecanoe Lake (Kosciusko) Sediment removal $102,300
Tippecanoe River (Kosciusko) Logjam removal $40,000
Total = $691,000
Contact Information:
Name: Greg Biberdorf
Phone: (317) 233-1484
Email: GBiberdorf@dnr.in.gov
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