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LaGrange County lakes to get almost $300,000 in grants

 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced new grants for the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program, totaling more than $950,000 across the state for 40 projects.

LaGrangeCountywill receive nearly a third of that amount, with $292,514 earmarked for 12 projects in the county.

Overall, the LARE grant projects will include 13 counties and affect 48 lakes and four rivers, the DNR reported. Projects were submitted by local sponsors, who commit to sharing a portion of their cost. DNR’s portion comes from the LARE fee paid annually by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for local organizations to fund on their own.

Grants awarded in LaGrange County were:

AdamsLake- $19,400, aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment.

AtwoodLake- $13,400,  aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment.

Big Long Lake - $32,000, aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment.

Big Turkey Lake - $40,000, aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment.

Little Turkey Lake - $16,720, aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment.

Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes - $17,720, aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment.

Stone and Brokesha lakes - $23,374, aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment.

WallLake- $10,900, aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment.

Little Turkey Lake - $7,500, sediment removal plan.

StoneLake- $7,500, sediment removal plan.

AdamsLake- $64,000, sediment removal project.

Westler and Dallas lakes - $40,000, sediment removal project.

“These projects can improve both aquatic habitat and recreational opportunities for boating and fishing, and will also provide a positive impact on local economies where they are conducted,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish and Wildlife.