New grants totaling more than $814,000 for the care of Indiana’s water bodies have been awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program, part of the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The projects involve 13 counties and more than 40 lakes and rivers. Local sponsors submitted the applications and commit to sharing a portion of the total cost. DNR’s share comes from the LARE fee paid annually by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for local organizations to fund on their own. These new LARE grants fund biological, engineering, construction and watershed land treatment projects throughout the state.
LARE grant awards include: LaGrange County lakes, $9,600 for water quality monitoring; Lake of the Woods/McClish Lake, $19,480 for a watershed diagnostic study; and South Twin Lake, $640 for construction.
“Our goal with projects such as these is to improve aquatic habitat and enhance recreational opportunities for boating and fishing,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish and Wildlife.