Sleepy Hollow Ditch flood control project gets approval
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent September 2, 2013 7:18PM
CEDAR LAKE — Construction of a flood control project along Sleepy Hollow Ditch will move forward with the help of a $60,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife.
Cedar Lake was one of 22 communities around the state to receive a share of $768,000 in funding awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement program.
The LARE program funds biological, engineering, construction and watershed land treatment projects throughout the state.
Mark Reiter, director of DNR Fish & Wildlife, said the LARE program has focused on reducing sediment and nutrient inputs into water bodies for 25 years.
“These grants continue that tradition while at the same time enhancing aquatic habitat and recreational potential for Indiana’s lakes and rivers,” Reiter said.
Ian Nicolini, Cedar Lake town manager, said the project is a partnership between the town and the Cedar Lake Enhancement Committee and is aimed at improving the water quality and reducing the risk of flooding alone Sleepy Hollow Ditch from 142nd Avenue south and east to Cedar Lake.
“The town will provide the local match portion of the grant through in-kind contributions of labor and equipment to construct the project,” Nicolini said.
The LARE program projects involve 14 counties and more than 25 different lakes or rivers. Local sponsors submitted the applications and commit to sharing a portion of the total cost. DNR’s share is generated by the Lake and River Enhancement fee paid annually by boat owners to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The LARE grants allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for most local organizations to fund on their own.
The Cedar Lake project is the only project this grant cycle in Lake or Porter counties. Two projects in LaPorte County received a combined $103,000. Nicolini said design and permitting of the work will get underway this year with construction expected to begin in 2014.