The Oliver-Martin Lakes Conservation and Improvement Association is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as part of the Lake and River Enhancement program (LARE). The grant of $16,900 will be used to fund up to 80% of the cost to complete two projects identified earlier in a Feasibility, Engineering and Design Study (FEDS), completed last Spring for the Association by Davey Resource Group of Fort Wayne.
Both projects involve installing piping and stone in two LaGrange County regulated ditches. These ditches both have 90 degree bends in them that cause significant soil erosion and distribution of nutrient rich silt to the east basin of Martin Lake. "Our lake chain serves as a collection point for a very large watershed of 7,240 acres" said Patrick Wiltshire, Chairman of the Water Quality Improvement Committee. "It is imperative that we make these kinds of investments to improve and maintain the water clarity and quality of Oliver, Olin and Martin Lakes for all who enjoy these public waters. This kind of collaboration between our Association, the DNR and LaGrange County will help make significant progress towards this long term goal".
Requests for construction bids will be made in the coming weeks, with construction to follow later this Fall.