Hoosier Lake And River Projects Earn Grants

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Nearly two dozen projects throughout the state will share in close to $770,000 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Indiana Lake and River Enhancement program involves funding for construction, research and biological initiatives. August 28, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - New grants for the care of Indiana's water bodies totaling $768,500 have been awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program, part of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The LARE program funds biological, engineering, construction and watershed land treatment projects throughout the state.

"For 25 years, the LARE program has focused on reducing sediment and nutrient inputs into water," said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife. "These grants continue that tradition while at the same time enhancing aquatic habitat and recreational potential for Indiana's lakes and rivers."

The projects involve 14 counties and more than 25 different lakes or rivers. Local sponsors submitted the applications and commit to sharing a portion of the total cost. DNR's share is generated by the Lake and River Enhancement fee paid annually by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The LARE grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for most local organizations to fund on their own.

The list of projects by watershed, county, project type and grant award:

August 2013 LARE Grant Awards

Watershed (county) Project type Grant award

Big and Little Turkey lakes (Steuben) Watershed land treatment $10,000

Browns Wonder Creek (Boone) Watershed land treatment $20,000

Cable Run/Dewart Lake/Elkhart River (Noble, Kosciusko) Design/build $40,000

Cedar Lake (Lake) Construction $60,000

Croxton Ditch/Lake James (Steuben) Construction $93,000

Deer Creek (Grant) Design $13,000

Eagle Creek (Boone) Design $32,000

Eel River (Wabash) Engineering feasibility study $14,000

Eller Ditch/St. Joseph River (St. Joseph) Engineering feasibility study $17,000

Fish Lake Watershed (Upper and Lower Fish lakes and Mud Lake (LaPorte) Watershed Diagnostic study $38,000

James Lake (Kosciusko) Design/build $19,000

Juday Creek (St. Joseph) Construction $80,000

Lake Galbraith or Lake Gilbert (Marshall) Construction $50,000

Lake James (Steuben) Engineering feasibility study $31,000

Loeffler/Scott ditches (Gibson) Watershed land treatment $13,500

Lozier Drain/Chapman Lakes (Kosciusko) Design $16,000

Pigeon Creek (Steuben) Watershed land treatment $40,000

Prairie Creek (Boone) Design/build $43,000

Prairie Creek Reservoir (Delaware) Design $24,000

Sugar Creek (Clinton) Watershed land treatment $20,000

Trail Creek (LaPorte) Engineering feasibility study $65,000

Wabash River (Tippecanoe) Design/build $30,000

Total = $ 768,500

Source: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources