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Aerial View of St. Joseph River from Bittersweet, Mishawaka to S. Nappanee St. (SR19), Elkhart

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Out and In

We all know what it feels like to be jumpy. You can’t sit still. You get restless and, like the title in Bruce Cockburn’s song, you’re Pacing the Cage. People might label you as having attention deficit disorder. But nature deficit is closer to the truth.

Remember that hot spell earlier in the spring? People couldn’t wait to get outside and scrape off the barbeque, haul on shorts and a T, and have a cool one in the sunshine. Then there’s the dash to the rivers, either to marvel in the roar of melt water or to cast a line out to the rainbow. No amount of rain can dampen an eager fisherman.

With the concern for all things outdoors comes chatter about the weather. When the weather channel started it was a joke; now it is a multi-million dollar standard that even affects the clothing industry.

Styles reflect the elements. Colours grab their names from nature—lemon yellow, lavender, midnight blue. And some outdoor activities are complete with their own trendy brands.

But labelling the outdoors or categorizing each event can put false boundaries on the experience. A shot of clear fresh air straight into the lungs and the heart, a gurgling echo of underground streams or a carpet of yellow trout lilies strewn over a forest floor can defy description. That’s when our brains and our abilities to process information have to kick into high gear. Maybe that’s why we seek the outdoors. We refresh tired thoughts. We see things we never could.

The other day I was wave watching down by the lake. Superior has been sooo rough lately. April used to be a calm month. There would be days of shiny smooth water that beckoned to the paddler. The view to the lake bottom was clear and sublime. It felt good to warm the bones on rocks that were relieved of the winter ice burden. This year there are winds almost every day. Flags of white foam dot the deep blue surface and waves fringe the shore with wide shawls of watery lace. Often by evening the winds will die down and the lake becomes smooth enough to reflect the golden trails from the setting sun. It’s always fun to watch the sun move its way north. The orange ball bounces back at a quicker pace than when it leaves.

The simple experience of watching the sun meet the horizon verifies a simple fact. All knowledge comes from nature. It is our original university. That’s where we learn math, science, medicine and literature. We are nature’s students. Some

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SJRHOA Trading Out Stump Buoys

The SJRHOA will soon be swaping the summer buoys for winter ice spars. More hazardous stumps will soon be marked in the area between Johnson Street Dam and the Twin Branch Dam.

Randy Leliaert Presented an Update From FEMA on the Flood Boundaries

On Tuesday 15th Randy Leliaert outlined changes to the FEMA flood boundaries along the St. Joseph River between the Johnson Street Dam and the Twin Branch Dam. The photo at right is the first of a series of eleven large photos that show a high resolution detail of the old FEMA flood plain line compared to the new FEMA flood plain line. The old flood plain map, represented by the blue line, was no doubt generated by aFEMA Pic

computerized graphic overlay and as a result created an impossible flood scenario in some areas. The new flood plain map, represented by the red line, follows a course more consistent with the "100 year" flood line and, for many river residents eliminates the necessity to buy flood insurance----with one very important caveat: Unless enough river homeowners respond to a letter that will be sent from either St. Joe County, The City of Osceola, or FEMA, the new flood plain map will not be adopted. Therefore, it is important that every homeowner respond favorably to the new flood plain revision. For further information, please click contacts

!UPDATE! Lower St. Joseph River Buoy Project !UPDATE!

stump with chainThe river drawdown in October 2010 revealed many hidden dangers that lurk just below the surface when the river is at normal levels. Hence the cause was taken up to identify these trecherous bogeys so as to ensure safe boating and recreation on the St. Joe. See a WSBT-TV news segment on this topic here. SJRHOA and SJRAInc. teamed up to gather donations to purchase 39 buoys to be placed in these designated trouble spots. As of Thursday, August 11th, seven buoys have been installed on the river. WSBT-TV reporters captured the day's event, which is viewable by clicking here. Three more buoys remain to be installed, leaving 29 to be purchased. Donations and volunteers are still needed to complete the project, so contact SJRHOA to find out how you can help.

Each of the "hot" spots that will be tagged with a buoy have been GPS located. Those coordinates can be viewed here; Page 1, Page 2, Page 3. To see a map of the river that includes the buoy locations and markers stretching from SR19 in Elkhart to Currant Rd in Mishawaka, click here. In the Fall, the buoys will have to be removed from the river and be replaced by smaller floating markers. Volunteers are encouraged to contact any one of the SJRHOA Board members. Be sure to attend the next SJRHOA meeting in September to find out more!
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*NOTE: The map provided by SJRHOA on this website depicting a section of the St. Joseph River indicating locations of suspect tree stumps submerged below the natural water line, and the associated GPS location coordinates of said mapped stumps, is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as an official record of said stump locations nor as an approved navigational tool. This map, and associated GPS coordinates, is not approved, or filed, with any such government office, organization, or governing body normally responsible for such data retention and dissemination. Users of this information do so of their own recognizance and shall not hold liable SJRHOA for any injury, mishap, damage, or distress caused by, or resulting from, use