House OKs $3.3 million for Dunes
Money will go toward land acquisition,
tearing down abandoned structures.
Times staff report
Posted on Friday,
July 19, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday
approved more than $3.3 million for the Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore, to be used to acquire and restore
park land and remove unsafe structures.
The Interior Appropriations bill, which
includes the funding, will go to the Senate. The money
would be used to acquire additional land within the park's
boundaries, restore approximately 500 acres of wetlands
and natural dunes, and remove unsafe, abandoned structures.
"The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
is the crown jewel of Northwest Indiana and a recreational
haven to its residents," said U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky,
D-Merrillville, who included the money in the bill. "This
funding will give local residents greater opportunities
to enjoy the Dunes and the improvements being funded will
help improve the quality of life throughout the region."
The bill would provide $1 million for
land acquisition within the 1,100 acres added to the lakeshore
by Congress in 1992. The remaining $2.389 million will
be used to remove 210 of the 350 structures acquired through
the 1992 boundary expansion legislation.
In addition to the abandoned structures
to be taken down, associated walkways, driveways, utilities
and outbuildings also will be eliminated, with the landscape
to be restored to its natural condition.