Elkhart River Restoration Association

The Elkhart River Restoration Association, Inc. was founded in 1983 to study the needs of the Elkhart River and its watershed. As a not-for-profit corporation the association works with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Army Corp. of Engineers, the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and local officials to improve the river. The Association helps to identify the various needs along the river, informs officials, seeks to make the river a public priority, and assists in the planning of cleanup and repair projects.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the river for fishing, boating, and its natural wildlife and beauty.

Mission Statement:

To provide a clean environment for wildlife and community recreation within the Elkhart River and Goshen Dam Pond watershed.

Watershed Management Plan:

The Elkhart River Restoration Association, Inc received a 319 Grant given by the federal EPA and administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Mangement (IDEM). The $518,000 grant was used to develop a watershed management plan for the Elkhart River Watershed, develop best management pratices (BPM) demonstartion sites, and educate the various stakeholders to what can be done to improve the watershed.