Grants help 23 Indiana Lakes


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

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