Volunteers needed to build fish habitat at Monroe Lake, June 28

You can help make Monroe Lake a better place for fish during a special
volunteer day on June 28.

The volunteer day is part of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife’s
Reservoir Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program (RAHEP). RAHEP builds fish
habitat in reservoirs where natural structure is lacking.

Volunteers will assemble 40 wooden structures from pallets that will
give fish a place to live and hide from predator fish, according to
program coordinator and south region fisheries research biologist Sandy
Clark-Kolaks.

The work day runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the DNR office at 5596 E.
State Road 46, Bloomington.

Monroe Lake is a nearly 11,000-acre reservoir near Bloomington. It was
chosen for the program due to the property’s strong local partnerships.
This is the first of several volunteer days planned for this year at
Monroe Lake, with an overall goal of building 200 structures.

DNR fisheries biologists will place the structures on the lake bed
during summer and fall. Once the structures have been placed, maps will
be created to show the GPS coordinates, depth and structure type. These
maps will be available to the public.

Volunteers should dress for working outside and bring snacks and water,
protective eyewear, gloves and cordless drills. Volunteers are
encouraged to register in advance atwildlife.IN.gov/8301.htm
. Unregistered walk-in volunteers are welcome,
too.

Learn more about RAHEP atwildlife.IN.gov/7665.htm.

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