Indiana Michigan Power, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP), is conducting shoreline stabilization work at three sites along the St. Joseph River in Elkhart County: Nibbyville Campground (currently closed), South Bank River Island and North Bank River Island.
These sites are owned by I&M and are associated with the federally licensed Elkhart Hydroelectric Project and generating facility, which supplies power to area residents.
I&M’s contractor for the project, CardnoJFNew of Walkerton, Ind., began the stabilization work earlier this spring and will continue intermittently throughout the summer to perform vegetation management, controlling weed species that are detrimental to naturally occurring wildlife within the St. Joseph River watershed and to replace those with vegetation that enhances and protects the natural environment.
All efforts are being done with the full cooperation and approval of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The project is being undertaken to enhance the naturally-occurring habitat and to protect the shoreline from erosion as well as increase the quality of habitat for wildlife that utilize the three sites.
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,500 employees serve more than 582,000 customers.