More than $1.1 million in grant money has been awarded to 23 Indiana counties for the improvement of seven lakes and 15 rivers and streams over the next two years.
The grants were awarded through the Department of Natural Resource’s Lake and River Enhancement program in the Division of Fish & Wildlife, with funds coming from annual boat owner registration fees collected by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles throughout the state.
Twenty-four total projects received LARE assistance with the understanding that applicants would share a portion of the project’s cost.
Many of the projects will address sediment and nutrient inputs in lakes and streams in order to improve water quality and reduce erosion more economically.
Low-head dam removal projects on Cedar Creek and the Salamonie River are expected to boost fish populations and strengthen nearby habitats.
Projects also include habitat improvement initiatives intended to benefit fish and wildlife near bodies of water, including wetland projects in LaPorte, Marshall, and Steuben counties that will reduce flooding and improve water quality.
Read the full list of grant recipients here.