(UNDATED) – Department of Natural Resources grants totaling more than $447,000 will be used to fight invasive aquatic vegetation in Indiana’s lakes.
The grants were awarded by DNR director Cameron F. Clark through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
The 36 projects involve 55 lakes in 13 counties including Lake Lemon in Monroe and Brown counties which received $5,000. The lakes were selected from applications submitted by local sponsors who share at least 20 percent of the total cost. The LARE grants are “user-funded/user-benefiting” generated through the LARE fee paid by boat owners annually when they register their boats with 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.
“By targeting treatments to address invasive plants in lakes, we achieve goals of improving aquatic habitat while enhancing recreational opportunities for fishing and boating,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife.
Lake users will benefit from efforts to control or manage aggressive non-native species, including Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and starry stonewort, that can take over and clog lakes. The grants can also provide economic benefits to lake communities by improving and increasing public access opportunities for those who fish or pleasure-boat.
Water body, county, grant award:
- Adams Lake (LaGrange) $14,140
- Atwood Lake (LaGrange) $6,000
- Backwater Lake (Kosciusko) $2,500
- Barbee Lakes Chain area: Kuhn, Barbee, Little Barbee, Irish, Sawmill, Banning and Sechrist lakes (Kosciusko) $5,000
- Bass Lake (Starke) $18,800
- Beaver Dam & Loon lakes (Kosciusko) $2,555
- Big Long Lake (LaGrange) $18,000
- Big Turkey and Henry lakes (Steuben and LaGrange) $31,000
- Bruce Lake (Fulton and Pulaski) $5,000
- Center Lake (Kosciusko) $16,600
- Chapman Lakes area: Big Chapman and Little Chapman lakes (Kosciusko) $22,112
- City of LaPorte area: Clear Lake (LaPorte) $7,200
- City of LaPorte area: Pine and Stone lakes (LaPorte) $28,972
- Crooked Lake (Steuben) $11,500
- Four Lakes area: Mill Pond, Kreighbaum, Cook and Holem lakes (Marshall) $14,800
- Hamilton Lake (Steuben) $8,000
- Hudson Lake (LaPorte) $12,200
- Jimmerson Lake (Steuben) $22,500
- Koontz Lake (Marshall) $8,800
- Lake George (Steuben) $10,875
- Lake Lemon (Monroe and Brown) $5,000
- Lake of the Woods (Marshall) $12,400
- Lake Pleasant (Steuben) $9,280
- New Lake (Gibson) $14,800
- Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes (LaGrange) $5,200
- Pretty Lake (LaGrange) $13,600
- Skinner Lake (Noble) $4,000
- Stone and Brokesha lakes (LaGrange) $11,880
- Sylvan Lake (Noble) $5,000
- Tippecanoe Lake Chain: Tippecanoe, James and Oswego lakes (Kosciusko) $31,500
- Valparaiso area-Flint Lake (Porter) $20,000
- Valparaiso area-Long Lake (Porter) $2,500
- Wall Lake (LaGrange) $11,720
- Wawasee and Syracuse lakes (Kosciusko) $20,875
- Webster Lake (Kosciusko) $5,000
- West Otter Lake (Steuben) $7,700
Total – $447,009
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