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DNR Awards Grants To Help Counties Battle Invasive Plants

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Eurasion watermilfoil impacts lakes and reservoirs across the state.

Sixteen Indiana counties will continue receiving help to combat invasive, non-native plants in lakes.

More than $585,000 in grants was awarded through the Department of Natural Resource’s Lake and River Enhancement Program (LARE). The grants go toward 42 projects and local sponsors around 20 percent of the cost.

“These LARE grants further our goals of improving aquatic habitat while enhancing recreational opportunities for fishing and boating,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife in a statement. “Addressing invasive plants in many of Indiana’s most popular public lakes should benefit many lake users during the summer boating season.”

Among the lakes receiving funding are Lake Lemon and Lake Monroe.

The money helps maintain Eurasion watermilfoil and starry stonewart, which can clog lakes.

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