LARE grants to benefit 22 lake and stream projects

Columbus, IN — Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grants totaling $1,090,800 were recently awarded and will be used to improve Indiana’s bodies of water. The grants were awarded by DNR director Dan Bortner through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The grants will fund projects on three lakes and 19 rivers and streams in 18 counties. Projects will be completed within a two-year timeframe.

The majority of the projects selected address sediment and nutrient inputs into lakes and streams to improve Indiana water quality. The reduction of non-point pollution into Indiana waters helps to ensure continued viability for fish and wildlife as well as recreation opportunities.

Only one project was awarded in Southeastern Indiana, the Driftwood River Stream Design in Bartholomew County.  This project was awarded $45,000.