Do 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.
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!
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.
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!
Saying it previously only “skimmed the surface,” Hoosier History Live plans to take “another Plunge into the White River.” WICR 88.7 FM will air the talk show from noon to 1 p.m. EST this Saturday, October 19.
So Hoosier History Live will once again plunge into all aspects of the river, from its use by flatboat crews who moved trade goods on the waterway during the early 1800s to the return of significantly larger numbers of some fish species, including bass, and other wildlife, thanks to progress achieved since the early 1980s in cleaning up the river.
Phone lines will be open into the studio during the broadcast at (317) 788-3314 and questions are encouraged. Host Nelson Price will be joined by Kevin Hardie, executive director of Friends of the White River, and Mark Kesling, a founder of Reconnecting to Our Waterways.