Hoosier Lake And River Projects Earn GrantsPosted: Updated:
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
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