INDIANA (WLFI) - The river is about to receive work that should boost awareness and activity on and along the banks of the Wabash. And the best part? The funding comes right out from under the river.
Five grants were recently awarded to increase access sites and river camping opportunities along the river, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in conjunction with the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission (WRHCC).
A total of $420,983 will be divided as follows:
• Historic Forks of the Wabash will receive $56,000 for camping and canoe access to Ehler Island in Wabash County.
• Banks of the Wabash, Inc. will receive $65,550 for camping and small boat access at Pittsburg Riverfront Park in Carroll County.
• The town of Montezuma will receive $119,922 to improve camping facilities and develop trail in Reeder Park in Parke County.
• The town of Attica will receive $139,511 to enhance camping at Ouabache Park in Fountain County.
• Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal, Inc. will receive $40,000 for a bridge over the canal and trail at Wabash & Erie Canal Park in Carroll County.
The WRHCC was set up by the Indiana legislature to promote and enhance the Wabash River, which is the state river of Indiana.
The commission comprises individuals from each of Indiana's 19 counties through which the Wabash runs, along with representatives from state government.
Head to the WRHCC's website to find out more, including contact information for its members and details on how to suggest potential future projects.
Funding for these projects comes from mineral extraction royalties from oil under the Wabash. The program will fund approximately $300,000 in projects every other year. State funding is 80 percent of the project and 20 percent comes from local matching funds.
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