The Cedar Creek Wildlife Project was created in 1965 to protect the stream in
its natural state, our members consist of mainly property owners in the
Cedar Creek watershed.
In 1968 the Maumee River and its Indiana tributaries were named to be
studied for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system.
The Cedar Creek failed designation in the National program because its
naturalized portion was short of the 25 miles needed.
In 1973, the State of Indiana enacted the Natural, Scenic and Recreational
Rivers Act and in 1974, the General Assembly, by resolution, asked for
study of Cedar Creek for designation into protected rivers system.
After review of the national studies, on-site evaluation and public
meetings, in 1976 the Indiana Natural Resources Commission established
13.7 miles of the Cedar Creek, from County Road 68 in DeKalb County to the
confluence with the St. Joe River in Allen County, to be designated under
the Act - with an overwhelming body of public opinion in favor.
The Commission ruled that although the 13.7 miles of Cedar Creek were
designated under the Act, the Natural Resources Department could only
accept gifts or negotiate with willing parties if Conservation Easements
were created and a maximum of two canoeing access points.
Since then Friends of Cedar Creek (formerly known as Cedar Creek Wildlife
Project - CCWP) has participated directly in creating public policy to
fulfill our presevation mission, including:
Designation of the entire
stream in Allen County and a mile into DeKalb County as a scenic river under the
Indiana Natural, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act.
Supporting the dedication of
a number of private and public properties along the stream under the
Indiana Nature Preserves Act.
Encouraging the conveyance of
protective and restrictive easements, as well as outright land gifts contributing
to the preservation goal.
Consistently opposing all
public and private actions incompatible with protecting the natural features of
Cedar Creek and its associated ecosystem.
In September 2000,
Friends of Cedar Creek joined with other Indiana environmental groups to lay the
groundwork for a lawsuit against a new state law that
weakens water quality standards.
Natural Resources Study Committee Statement
(September 17, 1997)