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Indiana Conservation Officers Investigate Boating Accident At Adams Lake

(WOLCOTTVILLE) – Indiana Conservation Officer Levi Knach and Probationary Officer Adam Bailey investigated a personal injury boating accident that occurred at Adams Lake in LaGrange County on Sunday at approximately 5 p.m.

57-year-old Rick Huddleston of Fort Wayne, Indiana was operating a personal watercraft and struck a personal watercraft driven by 23-year-old Dakota Dellahan of Muskegon, Michigan. Both operators were making sweeping turns towards one another and got too close.

Dellahan was transported to Parkview LaGrange Hospital, and then transferred to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, for treatment of injuries to his arm, shoulder, back, ribs and lung.

Both operators were wearing personal flotation devices as required by law.

Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Indiana State Police.

DNR grants address invasive aquatic plants in lakes

Department of Natural Resources grants totaling nearly $520,000 will be used to fight invasive aquatic vegetation in Indiana’s lakes.

The grants were awarded by DNR director Cameron F. Clark through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The 41 projects involve 63 lakes in 16 counties. They were selected from applications submitted by local sponsors who share at least 20 percent of the total cost. DNR’s portion comes from the LARE fee paid annually by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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

“Selective treatments addressing these invasive plants in lakes helps to improve aquatic habitat and enhances recreational opportunities for fishing and boating,” said Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife.

Lake users will benefit from efforts to control or manage aggressive non-native species, including Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and starry stonewort that can take over and clog lakes, if unchecked. The grants can also provide economic benefits to lake communities by improving and increasing public access opportunities for those who fish or pleasure-boat.

The list of projects by water body, county, project type and grant award:

May 2014 LARE Invasive Aquatic Vegetation Management Grant Awards

Water body (County) Project type Grant award

Adams Lake (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $11,800
Atwood Lake (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $8,900
Barbee Lakes Chain area- Kuhn, Barbee, Little Barbee, Irish, Sawmill, Banning and Sechrist lakes (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Bass Lake (Starke) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $11,200
Beaver Dam & Loon lakes (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Big Long Lake (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $39,000
Big Turkey and Henry lakes (Steuben and LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $33,000
Bruce Lake (Fulton and Pulaski) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Center Lake (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $16,600
Chapman Lakes area-Big Chapman and Little Chapman lakes (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $24,000
City of LaPorte Area-Clear and Pine lakes (LaPorte) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $14,300
City of LaPorte area-Stone Lake (LaPorte) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $4,300
Crooked Lake (Steuben) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Dewart Lake (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management $20,800
Fish Lake area-Upper Fish, Lower Fish and Mud lakes (LaPorte) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $36,800
Four Lakes area-Mill Pond, Kreighbaum, Cook and Holem lakes (Marshall) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $14,800
Geist Lake (Marion and Hamilton) Aquatic vegetation management survey and plan $7,200
Hamilton Lake (Steuben) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $38,800
Heaton Lake (Elkhart) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Hudson Lake (LaPorte) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $8,400
Jimmerson Lake (Steuben) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $18,500
Koontz Lake (Marshall and Starke) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $14,800
Lake George (Steuben) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Lake Lemon (Monroe and Brown) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Lake of the Woods (Marshall) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $6,800
Lake of the Woods/McClish Lake (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey and plan. $4,000
Lake Pleasant (Steuben) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $10,700
Little Turkey Lake (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
New Lake (Gibson) Aquatic vegetation management survey and plan $4,000
Oliver, Olin and Martin lakes (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $12,900
Pretty Lake (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey and plan $13,600
Stone and Brokesha lakes (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $12,900
Sylvan Lake (Noble) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Syracuse Lake (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $3,200
Tippecanoe Lake Chain- Tippecanoe, James and Oswego lakes (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $39,800
Valparaiso area-Flint Lake (Porter) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $14,400
Valparaiso area-Long Lake (Porter) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $2,500
Wall Lake (LaGrange) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $7,300
Wawasee and Syracuse lakes (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
Webster Lake (Kosciusko) Aquatic vegetation management treatment $5,000
West Otter Lake (Steuben) Aquatic vegetation management survey, plan and treatment $9,500
Total = $519,830