Bryan Brown learned to love paddling on Indiana’s White River and that joy has become a life-long passion.
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.
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.
Friends has successfully negotiated an agreement with the City of Indianapolis and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will provide for preservation of riverbank trees along more than 80% of a segment of the waterway on the city’s north side. In addition, it will provide for improvement of river access on two sites within some of the highest quality fish and wildlife habitat in the metropolitan area. The agreement will require approval of the Washington, D.C office of the Corps before it is finalized for final review by attorneys for both parties.