Close to $1M for Indiana lake and river enhancements

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — The Department of Natural Resources awarded funding for close to $1 million for care and improvement of 23 Indiana lakes and rivers including ones in Boone, Clinton, Jasper, Pulaski and Wabash counties.

The new grants, totaling $994,300, were awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. The money will help fund 23 projects in 18 counties.

These grants allow for the completion of projects that are difficult for smaller local organizations to fund, DNR officials said. They said the projects include water quality monitoring, bank erosion control, and watershed land treatments to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients entering water.

DNR said some projects will result in the creation of habitat elements such as riffle pools, stream meanders and wetlands for fish and other aquatic organisms. Representatives said habitat enhancements encourage biological diversity in and around the streams, including more opportunities for game fish populations to thrive.

“Simultaneously enhancing habitat for fish and other organisms while addressing erosion make this a clear win-win for both the resources and the citizens of Indiana,” Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife, told News 18 in a release.

The following is a list of the August 2014 LARE grant award recipients:

Bean Blossom Creek (Monroe and Brown)
$35,000 – Watershed land treatment

Beaver Dam Lake (Kosciusko)
$10,900 – Bio-engineered shoreline protection

Crooked Lake (Whitley)
$19,700 – Gully stabilization and watershed detention basins

Driftwood River (Bartholomew)
$48,000 – Watershed diagnostic study

Eagle Creek (Boone)
$100,000 – Stream bank stabilization and habitat enhancement

Eel River (Wabash)
$60,000 – Watershed land treatment

Iroquois River, Carpenter Creek and Curtiss Creek (Jasper)
$13,600 – Water quality monitoring project

Lake Galbraith (Marshall)
$15,000 – Rain garden construction

Lake George (in Hobart in Lake County)
$98,000 – Shoreline stabilization

Lake James tributary (Steuben)
$71,200 – Stream channel improvements and  wetland restoration

Lake Lemon (Monroe)
$6,400 – Study to evaluate a proposed sediment trap

Loon Lake (Whitley and Noble counties)
$33,000 – Bio-engineered island protection

Oliver Lake tributary (LaGrange)
$16,900 – Stream bank improvements

Spy Run Creek (Allen)
$55,600 – Design project to improve habitat and reduce bank erosion

Sugar Creek (Boone)
$50,000 – Watershed land treatment

Sugar Creek (Clinton)
$50,000 – Watershed land treatment

Thorpe Creek (Marion)
$60,000 – Bank stabilization and habitat enhancement

Tippecanoe River (Pulaski)
$42,000 – Design project for stream bank restoration

Upper Tippecanoe River (Kosciusko)
$35,000 – Watershed land treatment

Upper Tippecanoe River (Whitley)
$35,000 – Watershed land treatment

Yellow Creek (Elkhart)
$50,000 – Bio-engineered stream bank stabilization

Yellow River (Marshall)
$33,000 – Water quality monitoring project

Webster Lake (Kosciusko)
$56,000 – Bio-engineered island protection

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