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Lake Lemon Receives Grants To Address Invasive Aquatic Plants
Updated May 4, 2015 3:51 PM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(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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DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

Press Release

Feb. 26, 2015

Contact: Tammy Newcomb, 517-284-5832; Kammy Frayre, 517-284-5970; or
Ed Golder, 517-284-5815

DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

  • Map and treat of oak wilt (a serious disease that can kill oak trees) in Alpena, Dickinson and Menominee counties.
  • Enhance the regional collaboration of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters campaign to support prevention, outreach and education efforts statewide.
  • Better integrate aquatic invasives plan management by evaluating, refining and expanding tools and resources available in Southwest Michigan.

The full list of grant recipients, project descriptions and grant amounts is available on the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program Web page.

“These grants will fund crucial work in battling invasive species, which pose a significant threat to Michigan’s world-class natural resources,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “State agencies can’t undertake this effort alone. Partnerships are vital to keeping our waters, woods and coasts thriving as healthy ecosystems, while at the same time providing the economic and recreational benefits that citizens expect from their outdoor experiences.”

The initiative is made possible through funding first proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder and approved by the Michigan Legislature. The governor and Legislature devoted $5 million in ongoing funding to fight invasive species beginning in the 2015 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015). A minimum of $3.6 million of the funding is to be devoted to grants, with additional grant funding possible. This year, $4 million of the funding will be put toward grants.

The DNR began accepting grant applications in October 2014. The department received 68 applications, totaling more than $15 million in proposals. Grant applicants were asked to commit to provide at least 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of a local match. Projects funded in this grant cycle must be completed by Oct. 30, 2016.

Applicants – which included a variety of conservation districts and organizations, universities and homeowners associations – were encouraged to submit projects that demonstrated regional collaboration; directly addressed the prevention, detection, eradication or control of priority invasive species; and would result in large ecological benefits with regional and statewide implications.

“Clearly, there is an enormous need and a great willingness on the part of people to work together to address invasive species in Michigan,” said Tammy Newcomb, senior water policy advisor for the DNR, the agency that will administer the grant program. “We look forward to continuing this important work with next year’s grants program.”

Those interested in learning more about the Invasive Species Grant Program should visit:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to