Three NE Indiana Lake And River Projects Getting LARE Grants
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, September 8, 2021

(photo courtesy of Indiana DNR)

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Three Northeast Indiana lake and river projects are among those receiving funds to help the work get done.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources granted $1.45 million to 21 counties through the Lake and River Enhancement Program. The grants will fund projects on four lakes and 22 rivers and streams. Funded projects must be completed within a two year period.

Noble County is getting $20,000 for water quality monitoring on Sylvan Lake. Steuben County is receiving a total of $50,000 for two projects. $20,000 will go to help with shoreline construction on Lake James, while $30,000 will be used for watershed land treatment along the St. Joseph River.

The St. Joseph River project is one of four watershed land treatment projects designed to provide cost share and incentive payments to local farmers to implement practices that reduce sediment and nutrient loss.

LARE grants are funded through the annual LARE fee paid by boat owners when they register their watercraft with the Bureau Of Motor Vehicles. The grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for local organizations to fund on their own. Grants are awarded on a competitive bases, and local sponsors share a portion of the cost.


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