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Indiana Nonprofit Gets Grant To Build Portage Trail Around Dam

Last updated on Sunday, May 20, 2018

(KOKOMO) - A nonprofit group has won a grant to build a portage trail around a dam that’s one of the most dangerous sections of a scenic central Indiana river.

The Kokomo Tribune reports that the $5,000 grant from Northern Indiana Public Service Company will allow The Wildcat Guardians to build a gravel portage path along Wildcat Creek.

The path will allow paddlers to pull their canoes or kayaks out of the river so they can avoid a low-head dam in Kokomo. Such dams can be deadly because people can get trapped in the hydraulic action of the water at the dam's base.

Wildcat Guardian President Rick Parsons says the group is speaking with the landowner. He says they're hoping to get the area where the path will be located deeded to them at no cost.

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