New LARE Grant to Fund Cobus Creek Study

August 5, 2015

Cobus Creek is a winding, scenic creek that flows from Garver Lake in Cass County, Michigan south through Elkhart County before draining into the St. Joseph River, approximately one half mile south of McKinley Highway near the Elkhart Conservation Club. Cobus Creek flows through the backyards of several Michiana homeowners and is held in high regard by watershed stakeholders given its natural meandering appearance. Cobus Creek is also unique in that it is one of very few cold-water streams in the Michiana region supporting a naturally reproducing population of brown trout. These are just a few reasons why there has been a significant interest among landowners and other stakeholders of Cobus Creek to gain a better understanding of their watershed watershed and the St. Joseph River Basin Commission has partnered with nearly a dozen agencies and organizations to help them achieve this goal.

The Basin Commission recently was notified that we will be receiving an Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake and River Enhancement program grant to complete a watershed diagnostic study on Cobus Creek Watershed. The study will gain a better understanding of Cobus Creek watershed’s environmental health, identify water quality issues and potential improvement projects, and suggest resources in the watershed that need to be protected. This project will be important not only for conservation of the creek and its resources, but it will also benefit the surrounding communities by providing information on how we can maintain the health and natural beauty of Cobus Creek.

See the doucment to the above for more information on Cobus Creek Waterhsed.

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