$1.3M in Grants for Indiana Watersheds

The Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program will fund $1.3M in Indiana watershed projects. Watersheds encompass the land water contacts as it makes its way to a water resource, such as this tree-lined section of the Mississippi River. water supply battleground
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Boater registrations fund lake and river enhancement and pollution control projects in 36 Indiana watersheds draining to the Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico.

The Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife awarded a total of $1.296M in grants for Indiana watersheds through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program.

LARE is funded by Indiana’s boater registrations. The projects include dam removals and other biodiversity improvement tactics, as well as erosion studies and stream bank stabilization. But they also fund watershed land treatment that could help address high-profile nonpoint source (NPS) pollution in Indiana watersheds affecting the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.

Watershed land treatment projects in the Wabash River and Ohio River drainage areas target NPS linked to the Dead Zone (hypoxic zone) in the Gulf of Mexico.

LARE grants will also address land-based phosphorus loads to Lake Erie and Lake Michigan. According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resource (DNR), Toledo, Ohio, residents experienced water shortages in 2014 when excessive phosphorus generated in both Indiana and Ohio resulted in algae blooms in Lake Erie.

In total, DNR selected 33 lake and river projects in 25 counties and 36 watersheds.

See a full list of the 2016 projects funded by LARE grants on DNR’s website.

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Andrea Fox

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Andrea Fox is Editor of EfficientGov.com and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.