to enlarge local nature preserves
State earmarks $685,892 for projects in Lake and LaPorte
By Bill Dolan
Northwest Indiana Times
Indiana will preserve 20 acres of wetland outside Crown
Point, shore up Lake George near downtown Hobart's back
yard and restore a remnant of west Lake County's prairie
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources also announced
Friday it has earmarked $685,892 for projects in Lake
and LaPorte County.
"Restoration of the greatness of the Great Lakes
depends on the focused efforts of every concerned citizen
and all levels of government," DNR Director John
Goss said Friday in announcing the awards.
The Lake County Parks and Recreation Department will
use $132,647 to purchase two 20-acre parcels of land that
border the current 257-acre Deep River Headwaters land
The land will provide additional wetland refuge large
enough to attract a wide variety of wildlife. It also
will help overcome the negative impacts of development
adjacent to the current property, which has reduced water
quality and decreased the amount of habitat available.
Deep River Headwaters is located in the upper reaches
of Beaver Dam Ditch that feeds Deep River. It is on U.S.
231, west of Crown Point. The parks department will partner
with the Lake Heritage Parks Foundation for this project.
The state will spend $200,000 to restore 950 feet of
eroded Lake George shoreline, a 260-acre lake on Deep
River. The project is in Jerry Pavese Park, a short walk
from downtown Hobart.
The project will eliminate erosion that contributes more
than 800 tons of sediment per year to Lake George, Deep
River and Lake Michigan. Hobart spent $3 million dredging
the lake of sediment that had choked it until 2000.
The state will spend $100,000 to restore 72 acres of
the Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve, the largest remaining
prairie/savanna complex in Indiana.
The 430-acre prairie and savanna around Kennedy and Main
at the confluence of Griffith, Highland and Schererville
are a habitat for endangered plant species. The DNR will
provide a more intense maintenance and restoration effort
to the property.
The state will spend $100,000 to clean up Karwick Nature
Park, a 23.5-acre former landfill in Michigan City. The
city will clean up the site and create fishing access
and trails through a virgin forest.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides
federal money for the work.