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DNR Awards Grants to Lake, River Projects

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): Hundreds of thousands of dollars coming to six northeast Indiana lakes thanks to the Indiana DNR.

It's part of the Lake and River Enhancement program and this year more than $690 thousand is going to areas around the state. In our area, Kosciusko County's James Lake got 127 thousand dollars while Tippecanoe Lake was awarded $102 thousand. In Steuben County, Snow Lake got $74 thousand. (See the full list below)

LARE grants are funded through an annual fee paid by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The sediment removal grants will increase public access to lakes through selective dredging of areas heavily used by boaters, including some DNR Public Access Sites, and lake inlets that are a source of sediment to the lakes.

The logjam removal projects should reduce the erosion caused by streams diverted by logjams. The clearing will provide better access for boats, kayaks and canoes, and reduce erosion and sedimentation into rivers and creeks.


May 2014 LARE Logjam and Sediment Removal Grant Awards

Water body (County)

Project type

Grant award

Clear and Round lakes (Steuben)

Sediment removal 


James <st1:placename w_st=”on”>Lake (Kosciusko)

<span style=”color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;”>Sediment removal


Pigeon River (LaGrange)

Logjam removal


Plummer Creek (Greene)

Logjam removal


Pretty Lake (LaGrange)

Sediment removal


Salt Creek (Brown)

Logjam removal


Simonton Lake (<st1:city w_st=”on”>Elkhart)

Sediment removal


Snow <st1:placetype w_st=”on”>Lake (Steuben)

Sediment removal


Tippecanoe Lake (Kosciusko)

Sediment removal


Tippecanoe River (Kosciusko)

Logjam removal


Total = $691,000

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