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Dozens Of Indiana Lakes, Rivers Get Cleanup Grants

Last updated on Friday, April 20, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Dozens of Indiana lakes and rivers mired with aquatic plants or plagued by logjams or silt are sharing in nearly $1 million to clear up their waters.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the $950,000 in grants through its Lake and River Enhancement program will go toward improving the quality of 48 lakes and four rivers spread across 13 counties.

DNR Fish and Wildlife Director Mark Reiter says the grants awarded this month will help improve the aquatic habitat in the waterways and also boost the quality of boating and fishing opportunities on them.

The funding for the program comes from a fee the state's boat owners pay annually to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Local sponsors of the cleanup efforts also share in part of the cost.

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