INDIANAPOLIS — Three projects in Kosciusko County are among the 27 lake and river enhancement projects recently funded through new grants for the care of Indiana’s water bodies. The new grants, totaling $1.192 million, are through the Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Lake and River Enhancement program.
A project for watershed land treatment on Upper Tippecanoe River, island shoreline stabilization on Webster Lake and lake bank stabilization at Winona Lake are among grant recipients. The Upper Tippecanoe River project received $15,000, while the Webster Lake project received $24,000. The project at Winona Lake received $86,000.
The grants were awarded by DNR Director Cameron Clark and fund projects in 20 counties and affect 26 different lakes, rivers and streams.
Local sponsors submit applications for LARE assistance and commit to sharing a portion of the total cost. DNR’s share comes from a fee paid annually by boat owners when registering their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Several projects address bank erosion and lakes or streams and many of these also have an aquatic-habitat enhancement component. Seven watershed land treatment grants go to county soil and water conservation districts to help landowners reduce runoff of sediment and nutrients. Prevention of non-point source pollution in the form of sediment or nutrients is more economical than trying to remove it from lakes and streams in the future.
“The LARE program is over 30 years old now and these new grants continue the use of funds from boat owners to support conservation efforts to protect and enhance our lakes and rivers,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife. “With funding from LARE, local partners are making our waterways safer, enhancing habitat, reducing erosion and improving opportunities for boating and fishing throughout our great Hoosier state.”