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Support for Goshen Dam Pond project back up for debate

The Elkhart River Restoration Association will ask the Elkhart County Stormwater Management Board on Monday, Dec. 23, to help support a dredging project at Goshen Dam Pond.
Posted on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 20, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.

GOSHEN — For the second time, members of an environmental group will try to convince the Elkhart County Stormwater Management Board to help fund a $2 million project at Goshen Dam Pond, and this time, they’re taking a few friends along for support.

The Elkhart River Restoration Association, or ERRA, asked for $750,000 from the county board in late October for a project that would remove silt and invasive plants from the pond on the south side of the city. After hearing hesitation from the stormwater board, members of the ERRA have decided to return Monday, Dec. 23, with a second presentation explaining the dredging project with more detail.

ERRA board member Bill Rieth said the organization spends a lot of time and effort improving water quality by eliminating silt entering the Elkhart River and its watershed.

“The next logical step is to remove the silt from the dam pond so it can once again become a healthy aquatic habitat,” he said.

Rieth plans to share letters of support with the stormwater board written by county and city parks officials as well as conservationists who take care of the St. Joseph River Basin.

The stormwater board will discuss the Goshen Dam Pond project after the Elkhart County commissioners meeting at 9 a.m. Monday at the Elkhart County Administration Building, 117 N. Second St. in Goshen.

 With the state prison in the background, about a dozen death penalty opponents pray as they await the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. The highest courts in Arizona and the nation have cleared the way for the state to carry out its third execution in the last year on Wednesday, following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.  Wood was sentenced to death for killing Debra Dietz and her father, Eugene Dietz, in 1989 at the family's automotive shop in Tucson.  (AP Photo)

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 Robert Hungerford, of Phoenix, prays as he and a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)

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