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Trash and Debris Removed from Banks of White River


INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group, Friends of the White River, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW), and United Water teamed up today to remove trash from the banks of the White River. Hundreds of volunteers donated their time to take part in the effort as well.

“The White River is the biggest waterway in Central Indiana. Making sure both the water and its banks are free of pollution is a joint responsibility,” said Carey Lykins, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “Over the next two years Citizens plans to invest nearly $450 million in projects to keep raw sewage out of the White River, but volunteer efforts to remove illegally dumped trash and debris from the river’s banks are also vital to keeping this waterway clean.”

Past cleanup efforts were so successful that this year’s event was moved to a new location where volunteers could have a greater impact. For several hours, volunteers cleaned both the east and west sides of the river, concentrating their efforts near Washington Street, Morris Street and Raymond Street. Items such as tires, mattresses, clothing, and other household waste were collected and removed from the river’s banks. Over the past 26 years, more than 1.5 million pounds of trash and debris have been collected during the cleanup.

“Each year, it’s an honor to take part in this significant cleanup effort,” said Kevin Hardie, Director of Friends of the White River. “I commend Citizens for their ongoing and upcoming projects to remove raw sewage from the river. Those efforts, coupled by what we’re doing here today will make the river a more attractive landmark for Indianapolis residents and its visitors.”

The White River Cleanup is made possible thanks to generous donations from Friends of the White River, DPW United Water, MWH, Covanta Energy, Republic National Distributing Company, Greeley and Hansen, Heritage Environmental Services, Pile CPAs, All-American Picnic Co., White River State Park, Crittur.com.

For more information about the infrastructure projects planned to remove sewage from the White River and other Central Indiana waterways, visit DigIndyTunnel.com. 

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