DNR awards over a half million dollars to help address lake problems

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Lake Webster / picture courtesy of DNR

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 7, 2016) –Boating and lake enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the State’s lakes a lot more this season and in the years to come, thanks in part to the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR has awarded grants totaling more than $586,000 to be used to fight invasive aquatic vegetation in Indiana’s lakes.

The grants will help control or manage aggressive non-native species, including Eurasian Watermilfoil, curly-leaf Pondweed and starry Stonewort that can take over and clog lakes. The grants will provide economic benefits to lake communities by improving public access for those who fish or boat in those waters.

The 42 projects will involve lakes in 15 counties. Those lakes were selected from applications submitted by local sponsors who share at least 20 percent of the total cost.

LARE grants are funded through the Lake and River Enhancement 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 many local organizations to fund on their own.

“These LARE grants further our goals of improving aquatic habitat while enhancing recreational opportunities for fishing and boating,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife. “Addressing invasive plants in many of our most popular public lakes will benefit many Hoosiers during the summer boating season.”

Hoosiers can learn more about this project by visiting their website at http://www.in.gov/activecalendar_dnr.

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