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ODNR hosts open forum on lake dredging activity Saturday

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the state park campground multipurpose building, with information about current and future dredging operations at Indian Lake.


FILE — Indian Lake’s old dredge is seen off the shores of Pew Island in May. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO/RICK PITTS)

Recent state budget funding provided in House Bill 59 will allow ODNR to purchase a combination dredge, to be permanently located at Indian Lake. Guests will learn more about the new dredge equipment and related technologies, in addition to prior accomplishments.

The idea to conduct an open house was the result of a late spring meeting between representatives of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and the ODNR.

“An active, ongoing dredging program is critical to both the health and utility of Indian Lake," said John Bodin, chamber president.

"It is critical that each stakeholder in the Indian Lake region make their voices heard and offer their input relative to the new dredging program.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to  provide input for long-range dredge project planning.

Dredging creates adequate water depths for safe boating navigation. Indian Lake supports about 70,000 boat and personal watercraft excursions annually.

The state park is located at 12774 N. State Route 235. For more information, call 843-2717.


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