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DNR Grants To Fight Invasive Aquatic Plants
Updated June 5, 2018 7:12 AM
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(UNDATED) - DNR grants totaling nearly $660,000 will be used to fight invasive aquatic plants in Indiana's lakes.

Griffy Lake in Monroe County received $11,600 and Lake Lemon located in both Monroe an Brown counties received $5,000.

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 40 projects involve 63 lakes in 15 counties. Grant applications were submitted by local sponsors who share at least 20 percent of the total cost.

LARE grants are funded through the LARE fee paid by boat owners annually when they register their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This user-funded program benefits boaters throughout the state. The grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for many local organizations to fund on their own.

"Controlling invasive aquatic plants in lakes will improve fish habitat by giving native vegetation a better chance to propagate," Clark said.

The grants will help 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 boat for pleasure.

The list of projects by water body, county, and grant award:

  • Atwood Lake (LaGrange) $7,900
  • Barbee Lakes chain (Kuhn, Barbee, Little Barbee, Irish, Sawmill, Banning and Sechrist lakes) (Kosciusko) $6,900
  • Bass Lake (Starke) $6,400
  • Beaver Dam and Loon lakes (Kosciusko) $1,800
  • Big Long Lake (LaGrange) $16,400
  • Big Turkey and Henry lakes (Steuben/Lagrange) $31,900
  • Bruce Lake (Fulton and Pulaski) $4,400
  • Center Lake (Kosciusko) $10,200
  • Chapman Lakes (Big Chapman and Little Chapman) (Kosciusko) $33,600
  • Clear Lake (LaPorte) $12,000
  • Crooked Lake (Steuben) $6,500
  • Dewart Lake (Kosciusko) $88,000
  • Fish Lakes chain (Upper Fish, Lower Fish and Mud lakes) (LaPorte) $27,400
  • Flint Lake (Porter) $9,600
  • Four Lakes area-(Mill Pond, Kreighbaum, Cook and Holem lakes) (Marshall) $26,400
  • Geist Reservoir (Hamilton and Marion) $5,000
  • Griffy Lake (Monroe) $11,600
  • Hamilton Lake (Steuben) $39,000
  • Hudson Lake (LaPorte) $16,400
  • Jimmerson Lake (Steuben) $16,550
  • Koontz Lake (Marshall) $6,500
  • Lake George (Steuben) $5,300
  • Lake James (Steuben) $7,500
  • Lake Lemon (Monroe and Brown) $5,000
  • Lake of the Woods (Marshall) $19,100
  • Lake Pleasant (Steuben) $10,800
  • Long Lake (Porter) $4,200
  • Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes (LaGrange) $3,100
  • Pike Lake (Kosciusko) $4,800
  • Pine Lake (LaPorte) $84,800
  • Pretty Lake (LaGrange) $6,100
  • Stone and Brokesha lakes (LaGrange) $6,950
  • Stone Lake (LaPorte) $3,000
  • Sylvan Lake (Noble) $5,000
  • Tippecanoe Lake chain (Tippecanoe, James and Oswego lakes) (Kosciusko) $40,500
  • Wall Lake (LaGrange) $11,200
  • Wawasee and Syracuse lakes (Kosciusko) $10,000
  • Webster Lake (Kosciusko) $26,600
  • West Lakes Chain (Jones, Steinbarger, Tamarack, Waldron) (Noble) $7,200
  • West Otter Lake (Steuben) $13,100

Total $658,700

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