Local Lakes Receive Grant Funding to Control Invasive Vegetation

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced this year’s round of Lake and River Enhancement grants. Almost $633,000 has been awarded to fight invasive aquatic plants in 62 lakes and one river.

In Marshall County, the Four Lakes area made up of Mill Pond, Kreighbaum, Cook, and Holem lakes received $33,200 this year. Lake of the Woods got $19,600.

In Starke County, Koontz Lake received $6,500, while Bass Lake was awarded $3,900. Bruce Lake in Fulton and Pulaski counties got $4,200.

According to a DNR press release, the grants will help control aggressive non-native plants that can clog lakes, such as Eurasian watermilfoil, curly leaf pondweed, and starry stonewort. Director of DNR Fish & Wildlife Mark Reiter says that makes it easier for native vegetation to thrive, which in turn, can help improve recreational opportunities for anglers and boaters.

LARE grants are funded by boat registration fees. Project sponsors must provide a 20-percent local match.