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Following the Commission's July meeting, on behalf of Governor Pence, Mark Ahearn, General Counsel for the Governor's Office, presented Stephen Lucas, Director of the Commission's Division of Hearings, with the Sagamore of the Wabash in recognition of Steve's contributions and accomplishments during his 32 years of public service.


Digests of the ten most recent “Contested Administrative Decisions of the Department of NAtural Resources” (CADDNAR) are available for review CADDNAR Updates. You may also receive notice by email when new decisions are added to CADDNAR by signing up using the "Subscribe for e-mail updates" icon at the beginning of this page.

Indiana Lake Michigan Underwater Archaeological Resource Project

Shipwrecks, like the wreck of the JD Marshall, which happened 100 years ago last summer, are memorials to Indiana’s maritime history.  With funding from NOAA, Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal Management Program (Indiana’s LMCMP) coordinated archaeological investigations of shipwrecks in the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan.  A contract to perform the investigations was awarded to the Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. for 2011 and extended for additional work in 2012.      

JD Marshall

(JD Marshall: photo courtesy of DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology)

The locations of nine shipwrecks were determined with certainty, and as many as 20 wrecks were identified.  Direct surveys were made at eight sites, including underwater documentation with measurements, video, and photography (digital and HD).  Indiana's LMCMP and Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group reviewed these advancements and future goals during the September 18, 2012 Commission meeting at Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty.  For additional information, please click here.