Upper Elkhart River Grant

Lower Elkhart River Grant

Invasive Species

An invasive species is a species that is: Non-native to the ecosystem and whose introduction causes or may cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms including microbes. There are many invasive plants and animals in the Elkhart River Watershed.


Wetlands are some of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. They act like giant sponges or reservoirs. During heavy rains, wetlands absorb excess water, limiting the effects of flooding.

Read the 2022 Indiana Wetlands Task Force Final Report

Indiana Wetlands At Risk – SB 414

Walleye Stocking

Since 2014 ERRA has been stocking Walleye in the Elkhart River on a biennial schedule. Walleye are a native specie that needs help to maintain a large enough population to benefit the watershed. Click the "Learn More" button to find out more about Walleye and where they are stocked.

ERRA History

The Elkhart River Restoration Association, Inc. was founded in 1983 to study the needs of the Elkhart River and its watershed. As a 501 C-3 not-for-profit corporation, the association works with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Army Corp. of Engineers, 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 watershed.

ERRA Directors

ERRA is governed by a nine (9) member board of directors.  Directors are chosen each year at the September Annual Membership Meeting.  The present Directors are:
  • Nancy Brown – President
  • Jonathan Schramm – Vice President
  • Jason Kauffman – Secretary
  • David Troup – Treasurer
  • Bill Rieth – Director
  • Open Seat – Director
  • Paul Steury – Director
  • Jim Hess – Director
  • Patrick Wiltshire – Director

Upcoming Events - 2023

Director Meeting

When: Monday, April 10, 6pm – 8pm
Location: Elkhart Environmental Center, 
1717 E Lusher Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516, USA (map)
When: Monday, June 12, 6pm – 8pm
Location:  Oliver Lake, 4930 S 150 E, LaGrange, IN 46761, USA (map)
When: Monday, September 11, 2023, 6pm – 8pm
Location: Ligonier Park & Recreational Center, 520 W Union St, Ligonier, IN 46767, USA (map)
When: Monday, November 13, 2023, 7pm – 8pm
Location: Goshen College Cabin, 309 Reservoir Pl, Goshen, IN 46526, USA (map)

Education Meeting



Upper Watershed Steering Committee

Thursday, April 20, 9:30am – 11:00am
Location: Ligonier City Police Department, 301 S Cavin St, Ligonier, IN 46767, USA (map)

Event Calendar

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Hoosier River Watch Training

Sign-up for the FREE Hoosier River Watch training programs offered by the Elkhart County Soil & Water Conservation District.  To attend the FREE training, you must register at https://www.elkcoswcd.org/hrw/

Lower Watershed Steering Committee

Wednesday, April 5, 9:00am – 10:30am
Location: City of Goshen Annex Bldg, 204 E Jefferson St, Goshen, IN 46528