DNR grants will help remove sediment, logjams in public waters

LARE grants are awarded by DNR director Cameron Clark and administered
through DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

“We look to fund projects that will improve waterways and lakes for
recreational boating, paddling, angling, or just floating lazily
downstream on a hot summer day,” Clark said.

The 11 projects were chosen in a competitive process from applications
submitted by local sponsors, who agree to share at least 20 percent of
the cost.

Four grants are for developing a sediment-removal plan, which is the
first step in any LARE dredging project. Five projects include actual
sediment removal after at least a year of planning. Projects to dredge
lake inlets or boating-access channels receive the highest priority for
LARE funding. Whole-lake dredging is generally too expensive for any
entity to address.

Two grants are for logjam removal in waterways. To qualify for LARE
funding, a logjam must consist of more than just a tree or two. A
massive amount of debris that blocks the channel and may be causing
erosive cutting of new channels in the stream is most likely to be
granted funding.

LARE grants are funded through the LARE fee paid by boat owners annually
when they register their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This
user-funded program benefits boaters all over the state. The grants
allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for local
organizations to fund on their own.

The list of projects by water body, county, project type and grant award
are:

*Water body (county)                         Project
type                            Grant award*

Blackman Lake (LaGrange)                Sediment removal plan $7,500

Blue Lake (Whitley)                           Sediment
removal                   $136,000

Crooked Lake-Parkside Channel        Sediment removal                  
$75,000

(Steuben)

Deer Creek (Miami)                            Logjam
removal                      $15,000

Hinkle Creek-Morse Reservoir           Sediment
removal                   $75,000

(Hamilton)

Lake Tippecanoe (Kosciusko)            Sediment removal $48,000

Lake Wawasee (Kosciusko)                Sediment removal plan $20,000

Muscatatuck River (Jackson)              Logjam removal $80,000

Turtle Creek (Switzerland)                 Sediment removal plan $7,500

West Lakes (Noble)                            Sediment removal
plan           $7,500

Winona Lake (Kosciusko) Sediment removal                   $180,000

*Total $651,500
*

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