Cobus Creek Project

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I have had a lot of people say they would be excited about and would be ready to help with a big conservation project this fall if there was one.  Well your wish has come true.  Please mark your calenders and pull those old waders and gloves out of the garage and Join the SJRVFF for a conservation project work day on Saturday, September 20 2014 at Cobus Creek County Park in Elkhart County.  The project starts at 9:00 am and should rap up in the early afternoon with a cook out provided by the club.

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The plan is to enhance existing and create new fish habitat in Cobus Creek as it goes through the park.  We have 40 tons of field stone to place, logs and trees to move around and a couple of in-stream structures to build.  The hope is to break into several work groups and have each group work on a project. I’m really looking forward to this field day because we will be joined by Rivertenders, the Valparaiso University Ecology/Biology club and the Save Cobus Creek Group – the same group that have been so active in fighting the Garver Lake waste water treatment plant proposed to be built just upstream from the park.  This is a great opportunity to get people that may not have been exposed to this kind of work before exited about creating stream habitat and exposing them to all the great things our club does.

There will be a cookout sponsored by the club after the project so come hungry and ready to work.  Bring your old wader and gloves or we will have these on site for you to borrow if needed.  The creek isn’t real deep so wet wadding would be an option as well.  The local Collage football team is off this weekend so missing a tailgate party is no excuse for not attending.

If you have ever fished this park you know what a great treasure it is and if you have never been there before I think you are in for a surprise and a new favorite secret fishing spot.  The park is located just east of the Elkhart/St. Joseph County Line (Ash Road) on the south side of CR 8.
From the south – take Ash Road north of McKinnley Hwy through the Edison/California Road stop sigh to CR 8 then right or east to the park on your right.

From Michigan take Redfield Road to State line Road (It is actually Count line Road but called State Line for some reason) then south through the Cleveland Road round-a-bout (don’t let that scare you – it is a nice one) to just south of Cobus Green trailer park then left or east on CR 8.  Park will be on right.

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Thanks in advance and I hope to see you there.  Since there are other groups invited  the favor of an RSVP for an idea of how much food to have is requested if attending.  If you have questions or to RSVP Just drop me a quick e-mail at jtlaw9@ hotmail.com.
Thanks again and see you on the 20th.

Peace and fish,

John T. Law 
Conservation Chair
SJRVFF
jtlaw9@ hotmail.com
575-261-7534 

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