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Volunteers Building Fish-Friendly Habitats For Lake Monroe

Volunteers build fish habitats out of pallets, that will be placed in Lake Monroe. (Tyler Lake, WTIU News)

Volunteers gathered at the Department of Natural Resources on the east side of Bloomington this week to build much-needed fish habitats for Lake Monroe.

The group hopes to put together 200 structures made from used pallets, which will be sunk into the lake.

“We’re building artificial structures that are simulating that natural habitat that cannot be in the lake anymore, or has never been in the lake,” says DNR Research Biologist Sandy Clark-Kolaks says.

She says community involvement is vital to projects like this.

“Most of the structures are being built by volunteers so it really takes an army to pull off these projects,” she says.

The pallet structures are expected to attract crappie, large mouth bass and bluegill. This is the third year the DNR has built and installed habitats in reservoirs in the state.

“The reservoirs we have chosen for the program are lacking natural habitat,” Clark-Kolaks says.

They hope to have the habitats in Lake Monroe installed by the end of the summer.

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