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Annual Meeting postponed

Due to concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we are postponing the Friends of the White River Annual Meeting. We hope to announce a rescheduled date soon, so please continue to monitor this space. If you already had registered, you should have received an email about the postponement.

Going forward, please be safe.

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Foggy sunrise over White River. Photo by Kyle Doles.

Your help makes a difference!

newspaperDo you recall how grim the future of the White River seemed 20 years ago, as millions of dead fish began appearing in the waterway right around the holidays? It was the result of a deliberate chemical discharge by a Central Indiana manufacturing plant.

The Indianapolis Star focused on what happened and what it means for today in an excellent article — 113 tons of dead fish: Indiana’s worst environmental disaster, 20 years later, by Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, December 19, 2019.

Friends is proud to have played a major role in those dark days of the past, and in today’s discussion of White River’s future. Your tax-deductible contribution allows FOWR to continue to be both a watchdog group and an organization that engages people who love the river in its ongoing recovery and responsible enhancement.

Remember, we need your support to prevent this type of environmental abuse from ever happening again!

We need your support

sun rising above trees and dense fog
Foggy sunrise over White River. Photo by Kyle Doles.

Over 30 years ago, people just like you decided to become a part of Friends of the White River. When this not-for-profit organization formed in 1985, there were far fewer folks who cared about the waterway and some who were even completely unaware of it. We wanted everyone to see the river’s potential, and how it needed to be recognized as a defining natural resource in Central Indiana.

Invest in the future of a river that needs Friends

The organization focused on engagement of the public with White River’s protection and enhancement as a way to make Hoosiers aware of its value. Assuring that local and state government agencies see this as a priority continues to be part of that goal.

Each year at this time, we ask for your support to continue these efforts. The work now is more important than ever, especially as multiple plans and projects for the river throughout central Indiana are the topic of discussions that will continue through the next decade.

Twenty years ago, ideas that are still emerging today would have seemed impossible. A chemical discharge 50 miles upstream of Indianapolis had killed an estimated 5 million fish. We were among the first to alert authorities and the media that a disaster had happened. And we worked hard throughout the aftermath of that event to make sure the polluter was held accountable. Our efforts will continue to lead to ongoing restoration.

But that work requires your voice and your ongoing support. It’s an investment in the future of a river that needs Friends, both old and new. Your contribution will continue to make a difference!

Thank you for your tax-deductible donation and for your ongoing commitment to the future of White River in Central Indiana. For more information, or to make other arrangements for a donation, please email