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DNR hands out nearly $700,000 to stop invasive plants

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will grant more than $693,000 to combat invasive aquatic vegetation in lakes across the state.

The money goes to 37 projects involving 53 lakes in 14 counties that were selected from applications submitted by local sponsors. The sponsors share a portion of the total cost, while DNR’s portion comes from feels paid by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for local organizations to fund on their own.

The projects are intended to control or manage invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and starry stonewort.