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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


Bean Blossom Creek (Brown, Monroe)

Watershed Land Treatment


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

Watershed Land Treatment


Big Long Lake (LaGrange)

Sediment Removal


Clear Lake (Steuben)



Fox Lake (Steuben)

Lake Diagnostic Study


Hamilton Lake (Steuben)

Sediment Removal


Juday Creek (St. Joseph)



Lake Galbraith (Marshall)

Engineering Feasibility/Design


Lake James (Steuben)

Engineering Feasibility


Lake James-Croxton Ditch Wetland (Steuben)



Lake Wawasee-Dillon Creek (Kosciusko)



Loefler & Scott Creeks (Gibson)

Watershed Land Treatment


Oliver, Olin, & Martin Lakes (LaGrange)

Engineering Feasibility/Design


Pigeon Creek (Steuben)

Watershed Land Treatment


Snow Lake (Steuben)

Sediment Removal Plan


Sugar Creek (Boone, Clinton)

Watershed Diagnostic Study


Sullivan Lake – Morrison Creek (Sullivan)



Tri Lakes (Whitley)

Sediment Removal


Veale & Aikman Creeks (Daviess)

Watershed Diagnostic Study


Village Lake (Kosciusko)



West Lakes (Noble)

Sediment Removal


Yellow Creek Lakes (Kosciusko)

Engineering Feasibility


Total = $891,171


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

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