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St. Joseph River Association, Inc.


2017 - Weed Update

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: www.sjrainc.com 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 Association, Inc.

In Memorial:
Sadly we lost two long time river residents recently.

Bill Wain
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 Price
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.




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