Muncie to remove dams

low head damThe City of Muncie has slated three of its five low head White River dams for removal. These will be among the latest of more than one thousand U. S. dams removed during the past century, according to American Rivers.

Free-flowing rivers are healthier than dammed because free flow encourages paddle sports and recreation, increases fish passage and mussel habitat, and impacts water quality. Removing dams also eliminates the drowning danger associated with low head dams.

Family Floats at Broad Ripple Park

What a wonderful weekend it was hosting 90 novice paddlers for our second annual Family Floats event at Broad Ripple Park! With the help of 11 volunteers from the Friends of Broad Ripple Park and Friends of the White River, we led paddle trips up and down river along the park waterfront and we saw lots of big smiles from our participants.

We also welcomed guests that included the Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club (with their nicely-done scale model of a lowhead dam), the Indianapolis Fire Department Station 14 Water Rescue Tact Team, and BRICS Ice Cream. We offer a big thank you to all who helped!