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DNR seeks volunteers to build fish habitat at Sullivan Lake

The DNR is seeking volunteers to assemble fish habitat structures for Sullivan Lake on April 30 as part of the new Reservoir Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program (RAHEP). 

RAHEP builds fish habitat in reservoirs where natural structure is lacking. Sullivan Lake, a 451-acre reservoir in Sullivan, is the first project lake for the program. Over winter, staff from the Sullivan County Parks Department and inmates from the Sullivan County Jail cut lumber and prepared for the volunteer day. 

Volunteers will help assemble wooden crib structures and “Georgia cubes” (a PVC cube with corrugated pipe wound inside). The goal is to have more than 100 structures by the day’s end, according to Sandy Clark-Kolaks, DNR southern fisheries research biologist. 

Other partners include Bass Unlimited and Jones and Sons Concrete. Bass Unlimited, a non-profit based in Terre Haute, is providing more than 1,200 feet of drainage tile to build the Georgia cubes. The group is also providing refreshments. Jones and Sons Concrete in Bloomfield is donating cinder blocks. 

Maps will be created and made available to the public showing the GPS coordinates, depth and type of structure. 

The work day will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the restroom area and handicap boat ramp area in Campground G. 

Volunteers should dress for working outside and bring snacks and water, protective eye wear, gloves and cordless drills. Volunteers can come and go as they need.
“Even if people can only help out for an hour, we would be happy to have them,” Clark-Kolaks said.
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Media contact: Sandy Clark-Kolaks, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, (812) 287-8300, sclark-kolaks@dnr.IN.gov