To preserve, protect & enhance the White River of Indiana

Cleanup volunteers

Cleanup volunteers

Visit With Friends on the River!

Stop by our display at the White River Yacht Club’s Open House this Saturday, August 23, from noon to 5 p.m., and help us celebrate summer successes!

This free event includes all-day door prizes, live music and family fun. It will allow us to showcase results of cleanup events like “Canoes for a Cause,” the June and July sessions of River School and our fundraising efforts that are being matched by musician Jack Johnson.

The White River Yacht Club, 1400 E. 74th Street (east of Keystone Avenue) will have food and beverages available for purchase, and is also offering helicopter rides over the waterway. A new feature this year includes an area for artists’ booths throughout the afternoon. The Open House activities continue on through the evening.

Bring a friend who can become a Friend! Hope to see you there!


A trail? Much better idea than a reservoir.

“A Mounds Greenway protects the free-flowing river and the flood way, discourage(s) development on the flood way (and) encourage(s) development of small businesses.” — Tim Maloney, senior policy director for the Hoosier Environmental Council.

Reservoir foes propose trail system, The Herald Bulletin, August 18, 2014, by Ken de la Bastide.


Feds question value, wisdom of proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said several issues must be addressed before the Mounds Lake Reservoir project can move forward. Specifically, the EPA said two feasibility studies for the proposed seven-mile reservoir, which would run from Anderson into Delaware County, fail to address alternatives to the construction.

The report also notes that the process has been backwards, as no public process took place to demonstrate a need for more water in Central Indiana, let alone consider alternative solutions to a dam and reservoir, particularly in this location.

Read more at, Feds raise several issues about proposed reservoir, June 24, 2014.

Learn more about the proposed dam project at Mounds Lake Reservoir.


Mounds Dam

Friends of the White River oppose the proposed Mounds/Anderson Dam.

We consider the loss of a free flowing stream near our area to be a huge cost to pay for a reservoir with unknown/questionable water quality. Fishing and recreational opportunities will degrade. As the river exists now, there are fine canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Our White River is presently teeming with small mouth bass and other game fish, and many people enjoy fishing there.

Agricultural and residential run off make this a poor solution to store water for urban uses. Unknown and non-verifiable industrial dumps located in the area will further degrade water quality. Citizens Water has studied future needs for Indianapolis, and announced that present sources and strategies will stand in good stead for at least the next 25 years. Evaporative losses of a reservoir with such a large surface area also negatively impact feasibility.

We believe the dam will provide little flood control benefit to Indianapolis. Much of our natural flow presently comes from streams that are downstream of the proposed dam site.

Board of Directors, Friends of the White River, May 21, 2014


Music on the River

Free and open to the public: Live music, outdoors, on the river at the White River Yacht Club, 1400 East 74th Street, Indianapolis. Concerts take place every other Thursday through the end of August, 6:30–9:30 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts move into the covered patio. On the calendar:

July 3 — Claghorn Brothers, classic rock

July 17 — HooDoo, classic & alternative rock, soul blues

July 31 — Karen & the Beast, rock & roll, electric blues, funky soul

August 14 — Brenda Williams, classic soul, jazzy R&B

August 28 — Gordon Bonham, soulful blues