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DNR Grants Address Invasive Aquatic Plants In Lake
Updated April 8, 2016 6:55 AM
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(UNDATED) - Department of Natural Resources grants totaling more than $586,000 will be used to fight invasive aquatic vegetation in Indiana's lakes.

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 42 projects involve lakes in 15 counties. They were selected from applications submitted by local sponsors who share at least 20 percent of the total cost.

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

"These LARE grants further our goals of improving aquatic habitat while enhancing recreational opportunities for fishing and boating," said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife. "Addressing invasive plants in many of our most popular public lakes will benefit many Hoosiers during the summer boating season."

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. A study on the effectiveness of starry stonewort control on Lake Wawasee will be conducted by the Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College. The grants can provide economic benefits to lake communities by improving public access for those who fish or pleasure-boat.

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

  • Adams Lake (LaGrange) $15,140
  • Atwood Lake (LaGrange) $7,680
  • Backwater Lake (Kosciusko) $2,500
  • Kuhn, Barbee, Little Barbee, Irish, Sawmill, Banning and Sechrist lakes (Kosciusko) $6,750
  • Bass Lake (Starke) $34,000
  • Beaver Dam and Loon lakes (Kosciusko) $2,030
  • Big Long Lake (LaGrange) $18,000
  • Bruce Lake (Fulton and Pulaski) $5,000
  • Center Lake (Kosciusko) $16,600
  • Chapman Lakes area-Big Chapman and Little Chapman lakes (Kosciusko) $24,400
  • Clear Lake (LaPorte) $8,400
  • Crooked Lake (Steuben) $11,000
  • Dewart Lake (Kosciusko) $6,625
  • Fish Lakes (Upper Fish, Lower Fish, Mud) (LaPorte) $27,800
  • Flint Lake (Porter) $15,200
  • Four Lakes area-Mill Pond, Kreighbaum, Cook and Holem lakes (Marshall) $15,200
  • Fox Lake (Steuben) $4,320
  • Geist Lake (Hamilton and Marion) $5,000
  • Griffy Lake (Monroe) $3,120
  • Hamilton Lake (Steuben) $39,000
  • Hudson Lake (LaPorte) $22,400
  • Jimmerson Lake (Steuben) $14,580
  • Koontz Lake (Marshall) $20,000
  • Lake George (Steuben) $10,375
  • Lake Lemon (Monroe and Brown) $5,000
  • Lake of the Woods (Marshall) $23,000
  • Lake Pleasant (Steuben) $11,780
  • Little Turkey (LaGrange) $4,750
  • Long Lake (Porter) $2,500
  • New Lake (Gibson) $6,000
  • Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes (LaGrange) $8,400
  • Pine Lake (LaPorte) $37,500
  • Pretty Lake (LaGrange) $8,900
  • Stone Lake (LaPorte) $2,500
  • Stone and Brokesha lakes (LaGrange) $10,060
  • Sylvan Lake (Noble) $5,000
  • Tippecanoe Lake Chain- Tippecanoe, James and Oswego lakes (Kosciusko) $32,000
  • Wall Lake (LaGrange) $11,720
  • Wawasee and Syracuse lakes (Kosciusko) $17,500
  • Lake Wawasee (Starry stonewort) (Kosciusko) $15,800
  • Webster Lake (Kosciusko) $41,500
  • West Otter Lake (Steuben) $7,700

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