LaPorte lake group seeks to remove invasive plant


A northern Indiana lake association has applied for a $66,800 grant to help remove a fast-growing invasive aquatic plant that crowds out native species, snarls motorboat propellers and poses a hazard to swimmers.

The LaPorte Area Lake Association applied for state money to remove the Eurasian Water Milfoil from Pine Lake. If the state awards the Lake and River Enhancement grant, it would cover 80 percent of the cost. The association would have to pay $16,700.

Association President Don Bowman tells The LaPorte County Herald-Argus the invasive plant will hamper, if not eliminate, activity on the lake. The association's weed control committee Chairman Daniel Balich says the problem needs to be dealt with before April or else it will get more expensive and more difficult to treat.

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