Environmental Justice

About Environment Justice and FOWR

  • Increase opportunities for racially and ethnically underrepresented communities to participate in paddling, fishing, and boating on the White River
  • Reduce the environmental impact of homelessness along the White River through interventions in solid and human waste management
  • Organize regular River Cleanups while seeking definitive solutions to illegal dumping in neighborhoods adjacent to the White River in Marion County

Busy Roads & Waterways

Contact our partners at KIB for other waterway cleanup volunteer opportunities!

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Art Museum

FOWR Water Connection Camp

June 12th-16th, 2023
For high school students

Over five days, students will float four stretches of the river.  Activities include water safety and ecology, Indiana history and geography, and environmental justice, and sessions with environmental advocates.  Students will present what they’ve learned to their families, community members, and environmental advocates.


Scott Salmon

Executive Director
Scott Salmon Executive Director

Since November of 2021, Scott Salmon has been the Executive Director of Friends of the White River. Scott began volunteering with Friends in 2008 as a raft guide through the River School program, and has worked several downtown cleanups and many float trips since moving to Indianapolis in 2012.

He holds a M.P.A. from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a B.S. from Indiana State University. He spent nearly five years with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife, managing pollution-caused fish kill response and riparian restoration, conducting environmental risk assessments, and planning aquatic habitat projects such as low-head dam removals and streambank restoration.

Scott has held teaching, logistics, and leadership positions with numerous outdoor education organizations over his career, and maintains Wilderness First Responder and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications. He currently serves as a volunteer board member with the Indiana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and on the Indiana Conservation Alliance Steering Committee.

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