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Grants Address Invasive Plants in Indiana Lakes

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Department of Natural Resources grants totaling nearly 520-thousand dollars will be used to fight invasive aquatic vegetation in Indiana lakes, including several in the northwest corner of the state. The 41 projects involve 63 lakes in 16 counties. They were selected from applications submitted by local sponsors who share at least 20 percent of the total cost. DNR's portion comes from the Lake and River Enhancement [LARE] fee paid annually by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The DNR says aggressive non-native species, including Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and starry stonewort that can take over and clog lakes, if unchecked.

Local projects:

Bass Lake (Starke) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $11,200

City of LaPorte Area-Clear and Pine lakes (LaPorte) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $14,300

City of LaPorte area-Stone Lake (LaPorte) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $4,300

Fish Lake area-Upper Fish, Lower Fish and Mud lakes (LaPorte) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $36,800

Four Lakes area-Mill Pond, Kreighbaum, Cook and Holem lakes (Marshall) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $14,800

Hudson Lake (LaPorte) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $8,400

Lake of the Woods (Marshall) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $6,800

Valparaiso area-Flint Lake (Porter) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $14,400

Valparaiso area-Long Lake (Porter) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $2,500

For the full list click here: http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=5/1/2014&todate=5/31/2014&display=Month&type=public&eventidn=169801&view=EventDetails&information_id=200554


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