DNR awards more than $1M in lake and river project grants

(WANE) Grants totaling more than $1 million have been awarded to fund 33 lake and river projects in Indiana. It’s part of a program from the Department of Natural Resources, the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program.

The grant funds, totaling $1,290,880, will be divided between the projects in 26 counties. The grants only fund a portion of the cost for each project. The portion from the DNR comes from a fee paid annually by boat owners when registering their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

There are five different project types LARE funding will go towards:

  • Design/build
  • Watershed land treatment
  • Watershed diagnostic
  • Engineering feasibility
  • Construction

The projects target various watersheds, including one that has received national attention: Western Lake Erie Basin. In 2015, Toledo, Ohio residents had a water shortage due to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. Installing measures to reduce prosperous on Indiana lands will impact Lake Erie, including in DeKalb, Allen, Adams and Wells counties, which drain into the lake through the St. Joseph, Maumee and St. Marys rivers.

“We are pleased to partner with the sponsoring organizations at the local level, and this cooperation helps create improved recreational opportunities for boating and fishing,” Mark Reiter, director of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, said in a statement. “Enhancing habitat for fish and other organisms while addressing erosion is a clear win-win for both the resources and the citizens of Indiana.”

The following is a complete list of project by water body, county, project type, and grant award:

Water body (County) Project type Grant award
Big Cedar Lake (Whitley) Design/build $8,000
Big Pine Creek (Benton) Watershed land treatment $40,000
Big Pine Creek (Warren) Watershed land treatment $20,000
Big Pine Creek (White) Watershed land treatment $18,000
Cedar Creek (DeKalb) Watershed land treatment $12,000
Cedar Lake (Lake) Design/build $49,600
Chapman Lakes (Kosciusko) Design/build $62,500
Cobus Creek (Elkhart and St. Joseph) Watershed diagnostic $40,000
Crooked Lake (Whitley) Engineering feasibility $14,000
Deer Creek (Grant) Construction $80,000
Eel River (Miami) Watershed land treatment $30,000
Eel River (Wabash) Watershed land treatment $70,000
Fawn River (Steuben) Watershed land treatment $60,000
Geist Reservoir tributary (Hamilton) Design/build $35,200
Lake Sullivan (Sullivan) Design/build $40,000
Little Pigeon Creek (Spencer) Watershed diagnostic $48,980
North and South Twin lakes (LaGrange) Lake watershed diagnostic $30,000
Ohio River (Posey) Engineering feasibility $13,500
Pigeon Creek (Steuben) Construction $80,000
Shatto Ditch (Kosciusko) Watershed land treatment $17,500
St. Joseph River/Eller Ditch (St. Joseph) Design/build $49,600
St. Joseph River Construction $56,000
St. Joseph, Maumee and St. Mary’s rivers (Allen) Design/build $32,000
Stone Lake (Elkhart and LaGrange) Design/build $17,600
Sugar Creek (Boone) Watershed land treatment $50,000
Sugar Creek (Clinton) Watershed land treatment $40,000
Sugar Creek (Vigo) Design $30,000
Upper Tippecanoe River (Kosciusko) Watershed land treatment $40,000
Upper Tippecanoe River (Whitley) Watershed land treatment $40,000
Veale, Aikman, Hawkins creeks (Daviess) Watershed land treatment $30,000
Wabash River (Tippecanoe) Design/build $50,000
White River (Delaware) Engineering feasibility $36,400
Yellow River (Marshall) Design/Build $50,000
Total = $ 1,290,880

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