Upper Elkhart River Grant

In 2020, the ERRA launched efforts to protect and improve the Upper Elkhart River Watershed. This effort focuses on updating the Elkhart River Watershed Management Plan for the upper portion of the Elkhart River basin. The Upper Elkhart River Watershed drains 402 square miles including portions of Kosciusko, Lagrange, Elkhart and Noble counties.

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.

Past Projects

Since 1983 the Elkhart River Restoration Association, Inc (aka ERRA) has worked to protect and improve the Elkhart River watershed. Grants have been used to clear downed trees from the waterway, prevented sediment from entering the waterway, and provided education on improving whe watershed. Click the "Learn More" button to see a timeline of major ERRA projects.

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
  • Nathan King – Director
  • Paul Steury – Director
  • Jim Hess – Director
  • Patrick Wiltshire – Director

Upcoming Meetings - 2023

Director Meeting

February 13; 6:00 PM
Location: TBD

Education Meeting



Upper Watershed Steering Committee

Postponed – New Date – TBD
Location: Ligonier’s City Hall Building at 301 S. Cavin (IN 5)