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Thirty Tons of Trash Collected During White River Cleanup

INDIANAPOLIS – Volunteers removed nearly thirty tons of trash along the banks of the White River today during the 27th annual White River Cleanup. Since the cleanup started 27 years ago, more than 1.5 million pounds of trash and debris have been collected from the banks of the White River.

“The White River is not just a landmark in Indianapolis, it is our largest body of water and supplies drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Indianapolis residents each day,” said Carey Lykins, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “Citizens is currently working on major infrastructure improvement projects that will keep raw sewage out of the river. Cleanup efforts like the one today, however, are equally important when it comes to everyday maintenance.” 

During today’s event, volunteers cleaned both the east and west banks of the river, concentrating their efforts near Raymond Street to I-70. Items such as tires, mattresses, clothing, aluminum cans and other household waste were collected and removed. 

The White River Cleanup is made possible thanks to Citizens’ generous partners: Friends of White River, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW), Covanta Energy, United Water, Republic National Distributors, Heritage Environmental Services, Williams Consulting, Christopher B. Burke Engineering and All American Picnics. 

"Cleanups are a way to show support for Investing in Our Natural Infrastructure," said Kevin Hardie, Executive Director of Friends of the White River. "This waterway is the source of more than 60% of the drinking water for Indianapolis. Participating in this long-running event shows support for the capital improvements underway that are steadily making White River a better environmental and economic resource. We're particularly pleased to see more businesses joining as both volunteers and sponsors."

“United Water is again pleased to partner with Friends of the White River and Citizens Energy Group for this important cleanup,” said Tim Blagsvedt, Project Manager of United Water Indianapolis. “Our job is to protect the White River, which we know is a local jewel in Indianapolis.”

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

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