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Lake and River Enhancement Program (LARE)

Project Benefits:

Tippecanoe River Ecology

– These 4 out of 12 state-endangered fish species can be found in the Tippecanoe River: Blue Breast Darter, Gilt Darter, Spotted Darter, and Tippecanoe Darter.
– The Tippecanoe River also maintains 49 of the 57 mussel species known to the area.
– Nature Conservancy considers the Tippecanoe River as one of the top 10 rivers to be
preserved in the Midwest.
– The river is well-known for its exceptional water quality.

Hilgemeier Property

– Experienced nearly a century of excessive and neglected bank erosion.
– A concrete seawall was installed 40-50 years ago, but has since pulled away from the bank.
– In addition to the high sediment-deposition rate, the historic Hilgemeier house and outbuildings
are in danger of severe damage and perhaps total loss should the bank continue its erosion.
– Requesting funding to bio-engineer the west bank (Approx. 300 linear ft) Natural channel design
techniques will be implemented.

Canoe Camp

– Highly trafficked area by canoe liveries, independent river enthusiasts, and educational groups.
– Experiencing extreme bank erosion.
– Requesting funding to bio-engineer the stream bank at this public access site. The same natural
channel design techniques will be used at this location.

Project Timeline:

Beginning
January 2014: LARE Grant Application submitted to DNR (Design Study)
July 2014: Design project approved by DNR

Middle
2015-2016: Work with FlatLand Resources (FLR) to complete engineering design report
January 2017: Submit application to DNR for construction phase of LARE project

End
2017: Finalize plans for construction 100%
– Finalize bid meetings and documentation, project addendums, and contracting
2018: Complete wetland delineation and permitting
– Complete stream bank construction and planting

 

Construction Cost Estimate:
Total: $142,000.00
SWCD 10% Match: $14,200.00

ArrowHead RC&D Grant: $5,000.00
Amount still needed: $9,200.00

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