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DNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program seeks public comment on funding priorities

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The Lake Michigan Coastal Program will hold a June 19 meeting to seek public input on funding priorities for the 2014 funding cycle of the Coastal Grants Program.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, 6100 Southport Road, Portage.

The LMCP is an annual competitive grants program that awards funds to units of local government, regional and state agencies, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. The programís funds may be spent on public access or habitat improvements, land acquisition, planning and coordination, education and outreach, and research projects.

Projects must be located entirely within the Lake Michigan coastal area, which is the northern portions of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. Since 2001, the Coastal Grants Program has funded more than $11 million in projects.

The LMCP was created to coordinate efforts between local, state and federal governments, as well as local organizations, and to support projects that protect and restore natural, cultural and historical resources in Indianaís Lake Michigan Coastal area.

The LMCP is funded through the Department of Commerceís National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Coastal Resource Management.

For more information visit the programís website:


Posted 6/17/2013