INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) Twenty-three lakes throughout the state have been awarded money to help maintain habitats and address erosion. Indiana Department of Natural Resources awarded $994,300 from grants as part of its Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program.
The grant will fund 23 projects in 18 counties such as water quality monitoring, bank erosion control and water shed treatments to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients entering water.
“Simultaneously enhancing habitat for fish and other organisms while addressing erosion make this a clear ‘win-win’ for both the resources and the citizens of Indiana,” director of DNR Fish & Wildlife, Mark Reiter said.
LARE is funded through an annual fee boat owners pay when registering their boats. The grants allow for the completion of projects that are difficult for smaller organizations to fund.
Here is a complete list of projects by water body, county, project type and grant award:
|Bean Blossom Creek (Monroe and Brown)||Watershed land treatment||$35,000|
|Beaver Dam Lake (Kosciusko)||Bio-engineered shoreline protection||$10,900|
|Crooked Lake (Whitley)||Gully stabilization and watershed detention basins||$19,700|
|Driftwood River (Bartholomew)||Watershed diagnostic study||$48,000|
|Eagle Creek (Boone)||Stream bank stabilization and habitat enhancement||$100,000|
|Eel River (Wabash)||Watershed land treatment||$60,000|
|Iroquois River, Carpenter Creek and Curtiss Creek (Jasper)||Water quality monitoring project||$13,600|
|Lake Galbraith (Marshall)||Rain garden construction||$15,000|
|Lake George (in Hobart in Lake County)||Shoreline stabilization||$98,000|
|Lake James tributary (Steuben)||Stream channel improvements and wetland restoration||$71,200|
|Lake Lemon (Monroe)||Study to evaluate a proposed sediment trap||$6,400|
|Loon Lake (Whitley and Noble counties)||Bio-engineered island protection||$33,000|
|Oliver Lake tributary (LaGrange)||Stream bank improvements||$16,900|
|Spy Run Creek (Allen)||Design project to improve habitat and reduce bank erosion||$55,600|
|Sugar Creek (Boone)||Watershed land treatment||$50,000|
|Sugar Creek (Clinton)||Watershed land treatment||$50,000|
|Thorpe Creek (Marion)||Bank stabilization and habitat enhancement||$60,000|
|Tippecanoe River (Pulaski)||Design project for stream bank restoration||$42,000|
|Upper Tippecanoe River (Kosciusko)||Watershed land treatment||$35,000|
|Upper Tippecanoe River (Whitley)||Watershed land treatment||$35,000|
|Yellow Creek (Elkhart)||Bio-engineered stream bank stabilization||$50,000|
|Yellow River (Marshall)||Water quality monitoring project||$33,000|
|Webster Lake (Kosciusko)||Bio-engineered island protection||$56,000|