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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Lake & River Enhancement Lake & River Enhancement Program

The goal of the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Lake and River Enhancement Section is to protect and enhance aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife, to insure the continued viability of Indiana's publicly accessible lakes and streams for multiple uses, including recreational opportunities. This is accomplished through measures that reduce non-point sediment and nutrient pollution of surface waters to a level that meets or surpasses state water quality standards.
     
To accomplish this goal, the LARE Program provides technical and financial assistance for qualifying projects. Approved grant funding may be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. Investigations to determine what problems are affecting a lake/lakes or a stream segment.
  2. Evaluation of identified problems and effective action recommendations to resolve those problems.
  3. Cost-sharing with land users in a watershed above upstream from a project lake or stream for installation or application of sediment and nutrient reducing practices on their land.
  4. Matching federal funds for qualifying projects.
  5. Feasibility studies to define appropriate lake and stream remediation measures.
  6. Engineering designs and construction of remedial measures.
  7. Water quality monitoring of public lakes.
  8. Management of invasive aquatic vegetation
  9. Sediment removal from qualifying lakes.
  10. Logjam removal from qualifying rivers.

Message from the Division of Fish and Wildlife:

The LARE program goals include operating a scientifically-effective program in a cost-efficient manner to protect and enhance aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife; and to insure the continued viability of Indiana's publicly accessible lakes and streams for multiple uses, including recreational opportunities. This is accomplished through grant projects that reduce non-point sediment and nutrient pollution of surface waters to a level that meets or surpasses state water quality standards. LARE grant funds are intended for those projects demonstrating not only a need, but a local commitment to getting the task accomplished in a timely manner at a reasonable cost.

The amount of funds available compared to the amount requested will not satisfy all applicants' requests. Our challenge in the LARE program is maximizing the effectiveness of the limited amount of dollars available on an annual basis, to address as many projects as possible.

The deadline for all 2014 LARE applications is January 31, 2014

Potential sponsors of LARE applications should contact us at lare@dnr.IN.gov as soon as possible to start the process.
Click here for the All application forms for LARE projects are available on the LARE program manual in the section called “Applying to the LARE Program.”

All applications can be completed and submitted electronically. 
Your input, comments, and suggestions can be provided via e-mail to: lare@dnr.IN.gov  

Or mailed to:
Lake and River Enhancement Program
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington Street, W-273
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of the DNR’s Lake and River Enhancement Program.

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