The 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.
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!
What do grist mills, meat-packing plants, sea monsters, and steamboats have in common? All are a part of the history of the White River. Visit Hoosier History Live on WICR as host Nelson Price interviews Hamilton County historian David Heighway, Alex Umlouf from Reconnecting to Our Waterways, and Kevin Hardie from Friends of the White River to hear the stories. The show airs from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 13 on WICR 88.7 FM.