28th Annual Downtown White River Cleanup

28th Annual White River CleanupThank you to all who helped with our 28th Annual Downtown White River Cleanup this past April 30! All targeted cleanup sites were on the river corridor within the city center. Your enthusiasm and hard work made the event a great success!

Thank you to these generous sponsors!

SuezCitizens Energy


Department of Public WorksCovanta


Pulliam TrustGreenways Foundation



Williams Creek

Pile CPAsIngredion


All American Picniccrittur.com

Eco-Adventurer to speak at Holliday Park

Bryan Brown learned to love paddling on Indiana’s White River and that joy has become a life-long passion.

Bryan Brown beside Atlin Lake, British Columbia
Bryan Brown beside Atlin Lake, British Columbia

Now regarded as an eco-adventure traveler, Bryan will speak at Holliday Park at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 6. The event is hosted by Friends of the White River in partnership with Holliday Park and is free to the public.

Bryan successfully completed the first-ever solo unsupported descent of the entire 2,400-mile Colorado River watershed in 2013. The Green River/Colorado River watershed features some of the most fabled and remote whitewater passages on earth — Dinosaur National Monument, Desolation Canyon, Cataract Canyon, Grand Canyon and Westwater Canyon.

He also completed a solo 57-day, 2,300-mile source-to-mouth kayak expedition of the Yukon River from Lewellyn Glacier near Atlin, British Columbia to the Bering Sea. Bryan also made the longest self-supported descent of Canada’s MacKenzie River.

His presentations often focus on strategic water-use issues. Bryan is a native Hoosier and an IU graduate.

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Thank you for attending our annual meeting

river ice on downed tree
The river often creates beautiful ice sculptures: photo by John Pinella.

This year’s annual meeting of Friends featured a new venue where you enjoyed catching up with others over dinner prior to an informative program. We focused on 2015’s accomplishments, as well as upcoming opportunities and challenges for the waterway. The meeting was Thursday, February 4.

Held for the first time at the Riviera Club, a short business meeting was followed by a speaker from the Conservation Law Center (CLC), the not-for-profit organization assisting FOWR with negotiations involving a controversial flood control project on the city’s northside. William W. Weeks, the attorney who led the discussion on unnecessary tree removal along the shoreline of the Warfleigh Levee, explained our progress to date on that issue.

A big thank you to our meeting sponsors!

Williams Creek Consulting

Gardens of Growth

LJI Wealth Management

Smock Fansler