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Bill Rieth, Elkhart River Restoration Association board member (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

John Richmond (left), with Cardno JF New, collects silt samples from the Goshen Dam Pond on July 16, 2012. The Elkhart River Restoration Association is studying the removal of silt and weeds from the pond to restore the waterway. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Support for Goshen Dam Pond project back up for debate

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.