Grants announced for 23 lake, river projects

Grants announced for 23 lake, river projects
Grants announced for 23 lake, river projects

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St. W255 B
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748
Phone: (317) 232-4200

For immediate release: Aug. 4, 2011

Grants announced for 23 lake, river projects

New grants for the care of Indiana's water bodies this year totaling more than $890,000 have been awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program, part of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.


The projects involve 15 counties and were submitted by local sponsors who commit to sharing a portion of the total cost. DNR's portion comes from the Lake Enhancement fee paid annually by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The grants allow for the completion of projects that would have been difficult for local organizations to fund on their own.


“In a time when all spending is scrutinized for cost-effectiveness, these boater-funded LARE grants are an important way to address problems in public lakes and river watersheds across Indiana,” DNR director Robert E. Carter Jr. said.


The new LARE grants involve biological and engineering projects, including design, diagnostic and engineering feasibility studies, and construction.

“When completed, these projects should improve aquatic habitat and recreational opportunities, and provide a positive impact to the local economy where they are implemented,” Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife, said.

Several watershed land-treatment projects received funding to assist landowners with water-quality concerns near locally important streams. These grants are awarded to soil and water conservation districts that work with landowners to carry out practices that help keep nutrients and sediment out of lakes and streams.


Several sediment removal projects were also funded to assist with dredging projects at publicly accessible lakes.

These projects are designed to help local sponsors remove accumulated sediment that interferes with recreation and public access.

“One of the program’s goals is to reduce sediment and nutrient pollution of surface waters through a variety of different projects that are locally driven,” LARE biologist Rod Edgell said.


A list of projects by water body, county, project type and grant award follow:

Water body (County)

Project Type

Grant Award

Ball Lake (DeKalb, Steuben)

Watershed Land Treatment

$15,000

Bean Blossom Creek (Brown, Monroe)

Watershed Land Treatment

$20,000

Big and Little Turkey Lakes (LaGrange, Noble, DeKalb, Steuben)

Watershed Land Treatment

$20,000

Big Long Lake (LaGrange)

Sediment Removal

$40,400

Clear Lake (Steuben)

Construction

$60,000

Fox Lake (Steuben)

Lake Diagnostic Study

$8,640

Hamilton Lake (Steuben)

Sediment Removal

$100,000

Juday Creek (St. Joseph)

Design

$38,400

Lake Galbraith (Marshall)

Engineering Feasibility/Design

$24,000

Lake James (Steuben)

Engineering Feasibility

$36,650

Lake James-Croxton Ditch Wetland (Steuben)

Construction

$78,346

Lake Wawasee-Dillon Creek (Kosciusko)

Construction

$45,000

Loefler & Scott Creeks (Gibson)

Watershed Land Treatment

$13,500

Oliver, Olin, & Martin Lakes (LaGrange)

Engineering Feasibility/Design

$34,400

Pigeon Creek (Steuben)

Watershed Land Treatment

$25,000

Snow Lake (Steuben)

Sediment Removal Plan

$7,000

Sugar Creek (Boone, Clinton)

Watershed Diagnostic Study

$44,000

Sullivan Lake – Morrison Creek (Sullivan)

Design/Build

$24,000

Tri Lakes (Whitley)

Sediment Removal

$112,000

Veale & Aikman Creeks (Daviess)

Watershed Diagnostic Study

$40,000

Village Lake (Kosciusko)

Construction

$20,000

West Lakes (Noble)

Sediment Removal

$52,835

Yellow Creek Lakes (Kosciusko)

Engineering Feasibility

$32,000

Total = $891,171

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Media contacts: Phil Bloom, DNR communications director, (317) 232-4003.

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