The Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) Program provided over $1.5 million in grants this spring to sponsors of projects to address the control of invasive aquatic vegetation (mainly Eurasian watermilfoil), and sediment or logjam removal. This is the time of the year that various projects get rolling, as the time to control Eurasian watermilfoil particularly is early in the spring before it can be more strongly established and harder to kill.
Logjam removal was added to LARE’s options as a result of the legislature in 2011. While the amount of logjams in Indiana is overwhelming, some projects that meet certain criteria are eligible for some state assistance. One logjam removal project on Pigeon Creek in Vanderburgh County resulted in the removal of this much debris: