Midtown media on Warfleigh settlement

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White River at Arden Avenue. Photo by Dan Vallesky.

The Warfleigh Levee settlement agreement negotiated by the Friends of the White River recently received a big thumbs-up from local media.

In an October 19 article titled “Clear-cut Victory for White River Corridor,” Indy Midtown Magazine took a long look at the settlement and the negotiation process.

Thanks to the Friends, “. . . the banks along a stretch of riparian corridor in Warfleigh and Broad Ripple will retain vegetation originally slated for removal.” Author Thomas P. Healy went on describe many of the steps of the negotiation process.

To read the details, you can download the final settlement (PDF, 483 KB).

Updates to White River Guide

Have you seen what’s new on the White River Guide app, the Friends of the White River online resource for visiting our favorite waterway? The app now includes a section about Lower Fall Creek, from Geist Dam to the confluence with White River, showing launch sites, nearby amenities, and other features. Check it out!

Give yourself bonus points if you spot the listed feature that is unique to Indiana waterways, and is one of only a few hundred in the world. (Hint: It involves water passing above water. How cool is that?)

Film festival short features White River

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Dan Vallesky appears in the film in a familiar setting — paddling a canoe on White River.

A short film produced in Anderson to oppose the Mounds Lake Reservoir project has been selected to screen at the Indiana Short Film Festival which takes place October 7-9 in Danville, Indiana.

White RiverStories, along with its sister film, White RiverScapes, were created by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mark G. Dawson in opposition to the Mounds Lake Reservoir project. White RiverStories is an interview-based series of two short films featuring the reflections of Dan Vallesky, a river activist and president of Friends of the White River, and Michael Pace, Lenape (Delaware) Culture Bearer and great-great-great grandson of Chief William Anderson (Kikthawenund).

Both of Dawson’s River films were self-funded and feature the award-winning Native American flute music of Andersontown Powwow regular Douglas Blue Feather.

White RiverStories will screen as part of the ISFF Hoosier Screenings 2 project at 4 p.m., Sunday, October 9. All Sunday screenings are created by Indiana filmmakers and are offered free to the public in Danville’s historic Royal Theater. Those unable to attend the festival can view White RiverStories and White RiverScapes on the Save the White River YouTube Channel.