The Department of Natural Resources has issued grant money to local counties to fight invasive aquatic vegetation. Lake and River Enhancement program grants from the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for local organizations to fund on their own.
Lake users will benefit from efforts to control non-native species, including Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and starry stonewort. The grants can provide economic benefits to lake communities by improving and increasing public access opportunities for those who fish or pleasure-boat.
Starke County has been granted $18,800 for work at Bass Lake, Pulaski County will receive $5,000 for Bruce Lake projects, $8,800 is set for Koontz Lake in Marshall County and a grant for $12,400 was approved for Lake of the Woods in Marshall County.
A total of $447,009 was granted to 55 counties in the state.