We have had a pretty mild
winter, this is great for driving but bad for boating as the weeds are
expected to come back more aggressively because we did not have a heavy
ice cover. You may recall from the public meeting the treatment is only
effective after the weeds have matured and we need your help to be ready
to combat them.
We all can agree that we
must fight this invasive aquatic weed problem. The weeds affect our
enjoyment of the river as well as the enjoyment of the river by all
recreational users, and they affect our property values, too.
Members of your SJRA,
Inc. board spent months lobbying Elkhart County Government for help with
the weed program. We are pleased to report the County approved a two to
one match up to $ 100,000.00 to combat the weeds. This means if we raise
$ 50,000.00 the county will give us $100,000.00 to combat weeds. We need
your help now more than ever before.
We want to thank you for generously donating to
our unified cause in the past years. We are asking you to continue to
support your association and its efforts to improve the quality of the
river by making another donation this year. Remember the SJRA, Inc. is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization; therefore your donations are tax
deductible. Donating is easy, visit:
and click on the link to donate via your credit card; you will still
receive a receipt for tax purposes. You may also choose the option to
mail a check made out to SJRA, Inc. and send it along with the donation
card in the enclosed return envelope. Please include your email address
on the donation card so we can email you back your tax receipt. This
allows us to save on postage expense and handling costs. If you are not
yet a SJRA Sponsor you can register on the web site so that you wonít
miss future important information, and we promise not to clog your
inbox. The SJRA, Inc. does not share your name, email address or
donation amounts with any third parties.
Thank you for your continued
support by being a Sponsor.
Now, letís go boating!
St. Joseph River
Sadly we lost two long time river residents recently.
Bill and Rose Wain lived on the Upper St. Joseph for over 45 years. Bill
was an avid supporter of the River Association and especially the
Elkhart Police River Patrol, Bill would often ride along on patrol so
much so that Bill was awarded an Honorary River Patrol Badge.
Gary and Kim Price have generously supported every event on the Upper
St. Joe. The Flotilla, the Weed program, the music float-inís and the
Elkhart River Queen restoration project; but most of all Gary supported
the River Patrol through his generous donations as well as providing
storage of the police boats at no charge, because of Garyís unwavering
support he was awarded an Honorary Officers Badge.