Grants announced for 33 Indiana Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) projects

DNRNew grants for the care of Indiana’s water bodies totaling $1,296,000 have been awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The grants, awarded by DNR director Cameron Clark, fund 33 projects in 25 counties, encompassing watersheds of 36 lakes and streams.

Local sponsors submit applications for LARE assistance and commit to sharing a portion of the total cost. DNR’s share comes from a fee paid annually by boat owners when registering their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The new grants include several projects to control erosion and enhance aquatic habitat on rivers and lakes. Thirteen grants for watershed land treatment were awarded to specific County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) to complement their efforts with local landowners to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrient runoff. Preventing these pollutants from entering water is more economical and effective than trying to remove them from lakes and streams.

Several projects target watersheds that have received recent national attention. Installing measures to reduce phosphorous on Indiana lands will help to reduce the amount of phosphorus that enters the western Lake Erie basin and Lake Michigan. In 2014, Toledo, Ohio residents experienced water shortages due to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie caused in part by phosphorous from Indiana and Ohio. Other projects in the Wabash River and Ohio River drainage are in areas that have been highlighted as important watersheds to reduce Gulf Hypoxia (the Gulf of Mexico dead zone).

Other projects include creating habitat elements such as riffles and pools, stream meanders, and wetlands that will provide shelter for fish and other aquatic organisms. Such enhancements encourage biological diversity in the streams and more opportunities for game fish, mussels, amphibians, turtles and other aquatic organisms to thrive.

Some of the projects will use bio-engineering techniques to address bank erosion on rivers and lakes. These techniques use glacial stone, native plantings and fiber mats instead of concrete or riprap.

Two projects will remove obsolete low-head dams on Little River and the Tippecanoe River. Removing dams that serve no current purpose improves stream habitat and allows fish and other aquatic animals to reconnect to upstream areas. Removing dams also eliminates recreational hazards. Multiple drownings occur at low-head dams throughout the country each year.

“We are pleased to partner with sponsoring organizations to improve aquatic habitat, reduce erosion and sedimentation, and create improved recreational opportunities for boating and fishing,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife. “This is a win-win for the citizens of Indiana and is funded largely by those who enjoy water resources through their annual boat registrations.”

The list of projects by water body, county, project and grant award:

August 2016 LARE Grant Awards

Water Body (County)Project Grant AwardAmount
Beauty Creek (Porter)Engineering feasibility of channel erosion control$52,000
Blue River (Washington)Watershed land treatment$30,000
Cedar Creek (DeKalb)Watershed land treatment$26,000
Deep River (Lake)Engineering feasibility study of dam removal$25,000
Driftwood River (Bartholomew)Watershed land treatment$30,000
Eagle Creek (Boone)Streambank stabilization$100,000
Eel River (Wabash)Watershed land treatment$45,000
Fox Lake (Steuben)Bank stabilization$25,000
Iroquois River and Carpenter Creek (Jasper)Watershed land treatment$30,000
Lake Galbraith (Marshall)Water quality monitoring$15,000
Little River (Huntington)Dam removal$80,000
Loefler and Scott ditches (Gibson)Watershed land treatment$10,000
Metz Lateral (Big Creek) (Posey)Streambank stabilization$15,000
Mississinewa River (Grant)Design for streambank stabilization$20,000
Mississinewa River (Delaware and Randolph)Watershed land treatment$25,000
Ohio River (Posey)Engineering feasibility for streambank stabilization$20,000
Pigeon Creek (Gibson)Water quality monitoring$8,000
Pretty Lake (LaGrange)Water quality monitoring$12,000
Silver Creek, Neiman Creek, Loon Creek and Wabash River (Wabash)Watershed diagnostic study$38,000
Spy Run Creek (Allen)Stream habitat enhancement$100,000
St. Mary’s River (Allen)Streambank stabilization$100,000
Sugar Creek (Boone)Watershed land treatment$45,000
Sugar Creek (Clinton)Watershed land treatment$45,000
Tippecanoe River (Kosciusko)Dam removal$40,000
Trail Creek (LaPorte)streambank stabilization$64,000
Turkey Creek (Kosciusko)Design for channel erosion control$20,000
Turtle Creek (Sullivan)Watershed land treatment$30,000
Upper Tippecanoe River (Kosciusko)Watershed land treatment$45,000
Upper Tippecanoe River (Whitley)Watershed land treatment$45,000
Veale, Aikman and Hawkins creeks (Daviess) Watershed land treatment$45,000
Walnut Creek (Grant and Blackford)Engineering feasibility for streambank stabilization$20,000
Webster Lake (Kosciusko)Bank stabilization on Kline Island$41,000
Yellow River (Marshall)Design for streambank stabilization$50,000
Total$1,296,000

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

Contact Information:
Greg Biberdorf
(317) 233-1484
lare@dnr.IN.gov

Scott Sledge of Greenwood represents Indiana Bass Federation with a Runner Up finish at the 2016 TBF Junior World Championship

Scott Sledge, 14 of Greenwood Indiana won the 11-15-year-old Bass Fishing State Championship for Indiana in 2015 thus qualifying to represent the Indiana Bass Federation in the 2016 TBF Junior World Championship at Lake Guntersville Alabama. August 5, 6 & 7, 2016

The Junior World Championship is conducted in conjunction with the Forrest Wood Cup each year. The Bass Federation invites the champion from each state to participate. The anglers fish one day to establish a champion from each of TBF’s divisions. Sledge won the division championship on Friday August 5, at Lake Guntersville besting youth anglers from the Northern Division which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota.

Scott weighed in a 5 fish limit for 10 lbs. 10 oz. all largemouth on day one. On day two the anglers fished against the other division champions from the Central, Mid-Atlantic, Eastern, Southern and Western divisions.

On day two each of the division champions were escorted by an adult boat captain and an observer. The anglers fished by themselves without any guidance, advise or assistance from the adults.

At the weigh in Scott Sledge had another five fish limit, four largemouth and one small spotted bass. Scott was the second to weigh in and he took the “Hot Seat”, with a five fish limit of 11 lbs. 3 oz.   The next angler up was Fisher Davis son of B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro Mark Davis.  Fisher also presented a five fish limit besting the field with 12 lbs. 15 oz.    No other Division Champions were able to catch more than three fish. Fisher Davis won a $2,500 scholarship from TBF and the championship trophy.

Scott Sledge stated all of his fish except one for the two days came on a green pumpkin “Stupid Tube” from Honey Creek Tackle in Bargersville Indiana. The first keeper of the first day came on a frog on the main river mat. The remaining fish came off current breaks around bridges. Scott says he also relied on his Denali Custom rods and Lew’s reels throughout the tournament and he was the only angler to weigh a five fish limit both days.

All of the 37 participating states sent their champions for day one. Each of the State Champions were recognized on stage at the Forrest Wood Cup before the day three weigh in.

Scott Sledge had previously qualified for the 2014 Junior World Championship by winning the State Championship in 2013.  The results of the 2014 event were not a good as this year’s 2nd place.

Scott was proud to represent the Indiana Bass Federation this year and wanted to thank all those who support him including his family, Brad Zellers the IBF Youth Tournament Director and Kelly Hook the IBF President who attended the tournament.

Preparing for take-off day 1.

Preparing for take-off day 1.

Day 1, boat captain Betty Stahl, Alex Torek of Idaho and Scott Sledge at take off.

Day 1, boat captain Betty Stahl, Alex Torek of Idaho and Scott Sledge at take off.

On day 2 each of the Division Champions were picked up and driven to the lake in matching TBF Suburbans.

On day 2 each of the Division Champions were picked up and driven to the lake in matching TBF Suburbans.

Each of the anglers got VIP treatment and met some fishing legends. Scott with Forrest L. Wood The Founder of Ranger Boats.

Each of the anglers got VIP treatment and met some fishing legends. Scott with Forrest L. Wood The Founder of Ranger Boats.

Day 2 boat captain Bryan Wright and Scott.

Day 2 boat captain Bryan Wright and Scott.

Day 2 all of the Division Champions at the tank.

Day 2 all of the Division Champions at the tank.

Day 2, Scott weighs in a five bass limit for 11-03 moving him into 1st place.

Day 2, Scott weighs in a five bass limit for 11-03 moving him into 1st place.

Day 2, Scott with his two best.

Day 2, Scott with his two best.

Scott on the HOT SEAT being bumped by Fisher Davis of Mt Ida Arkansas. Five bass for 12lbs. 15 ounces.

Scott on the HOT SEAT being bumped by Fisher Davis of Mt Ida Arkansas. Five bass for 12lbs. 15 ounces.

Kelly Hook the Indiana Bass Federation President came to the weigh in after the TBF president’s meetings.

Kelly Hook the Indiana Bass Federation President came to the weigh in after the TBF president’s meetings.

Scott Congratulating Fish Davis on his World Championship.

Scott Congratulating Fish Davis on his World Championship.

Fishing Legend Hank Parker interviewing Scott at the Forrest Wood Cup weigh in.

Fishing Legend Hank Parker interviewing Scott at the Forrest Wood Cup weigh in.

Fisher Davis with his 2016 World Championship Trophy

Fisher Davis with his 2016 World Championship Trophy

Lakeshore cleanup at Patoka Lake, Aug. 27, 2016

DNRDNR News

Division of State Parks
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

For immediate release: Aug. 9, 2016

Help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Sign-up will begin at 8 a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina.

The cleanup ends around 11:30 a.m. At noon, participants will be rewarded with a free fish fry at the marina. Special prize drawings will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes. All other supplies will be provided.

For more information, call (812) 685-2447.

Patoka Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2953.htm) is at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye, IN 47513.

Media contact: Dana Reckelhoff, interpretive naturalist, Patoka Lake Nature Center, (812) 685-2447.

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