Lake and 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. Watershed management plan development.
  6. Feasibility studies to define appropriate lake and stream remediation measures.
  7. Engineering designs and construction of remedial measures.
  8. Water quality monitoring of public lakes.
  9. Management of invasive aquatic vegetation
  10. Sediment removal from qualifying lakes.