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Additional DNR grants announced for county

Several additional grants to address sediment and logjams around LaGrange County have been announced by the Indiana DNR.

Along with the $17,600 grant announced to clear logjams along the Pigeon River, Pretty Lake in LaGrange County will also be receiving $82,600 for sediment removal.

Additional DNR grants were awarded to:

Adams Lake - $11,800

Atwood Lake - $8,900

Big Long Lake - $39,000

Big Turkey and Henry lakes - $33,000

Lake of the Woods/McClish Lake - $4,000

Little Turkey Lake - $5,000

Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes - $12,900

Stone and Brokesha lakes - $12,900

Wall Lake - $7,300

The funds are part of DNR’s Lake and River Enhancement program (LARE), which is funded through an annual fee paid by Indiana boat owners. These grants help complete projects that would be difficult for local organizations to fund on their own.

“These projects will enhance public accessibility to selected Indiana waterways and lakes, enhancing recreation potentials for boaters, anglers, paddlers, and others who enjoy Indiana’s lakes and rivers,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife.

The sediment removal grants will increase public access to lakes through selective dredging of areas heavily used by boaters, including some DNR Public Access Sites, and lake inlets that are a source of sediment to the lakes. The logjam removal projects should reduce the erosion caused by streams diverted by logjams. The clearing will provide better access for boats, kayaks and canoes, and reduce erosion and sedimentation into rivers and creeks.