Milfoil in White River: Friends annual meeting

Eurasian milfoil, myriophyllum spicatum, clogging a waterway.

What is creating a weed-choked White River on the north side of the city above the Broad Ripple dam? Learn more about the tangled stems and vast mats of vegetation that again appeared last summer by attending the annual meeting for Friends of the White River.

The impacts of invasive milfoil, a plant causing problems all across the nation, will be a topic of interest to anyone who has found boating, fishing and other recreation severely hampered on the waterway during past outdoor seasons. Doug Keller, the Aquatic Habitat Program Manager for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Lake and River Enhancement Program, will be our featured speaker.

The meeting is Thursday, February 2, beginning at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Riviera Club, 5640 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis (map). A buffet is available prior to the program portion for $13. (Please email our executive director if you plan to eat.) A cash bar also will be available.

You’ll also learn about Friends activities in both 2016 and for the year to come, have an opportunity to win raffle prizes and once again, show your support for our organization and the work it’s doing throughout Central Indiana.

Photo of eurasian milfoil is copyright damann / 123RF Stock Photo.

Make your year-end donation

adult and child paddling a canoeAs 2016 comes to an end, there is still time to support Friends with a tax deductible contribution!

We have members who have faithfully supported the group since its inception in 1985, while others have discovered us, and White River, through annual activities that include on-water and bank cleanups held throughout the spring, summer and fall. Some began their financial support during the time when the waterway’s future was unknown, such as the massive chemical discharge and fish kill that was occurring at year’s end in 1999. Others are contributing annually because they live on or near the river, use it for recreation on a regular basis, or want to show appreciation for its continuing restoration and concerns for its challenges.

What’s your reason? Your donation will allow Friends to work to protect, preserve and enhance White River in 2017, and for years to come!

Watch & vote for White River!

Vote for Super ServiceWatch the videos & vote for the Annual White River Cleanup!

As we think about all that’s been accomplished this year, our on-water efforts with volunteers stand out as the way most people have come to show their love for White River. One of the partners each spring in the annual downtown White River Cleanup, Citizens Energy Group, is again giving back to the river. Their participation with employees in what’s called the Super Service Challenge will allow Friends to be part of a giveaway that could bring in from $500 to $1,000,000.

cleanup volunteers
Volunteers clean the banks of White River in downtown Indy every spring.

We need you to be a part of this by watching as CEG participants share their thoughts on giving back to the community by being involved with White River! Please share with your friends of Friends today!