Appreciating White River

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Both in business and at home, water is so much a part of our daily lives that we often take it for granted.

The second annual White River Festival, which spans the month of September, is designed to highlight the natural resource that literally runs through central Indiana’s back yard.

The festival is a project of the Upper White River Watershed Alliance, a regional not-for-profit coalition of local governments, educators, allied organizations, industries and citizens working together to improve and protect water resources throughout central Indiana.

The 16-county watershed—its groundwater, streams and reservoirs—provides water to thousands of area businesses and drinking water to residents.

Most Hoosiers don’t realize that some of the largest water users in our watershed are businesses like Citizens Energy Group, Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis Power & Light Co., Martin Marietta Materials and IMI Irving Materials.

Each of these industries draws more than a billion gallons of water annually from water resources within the Upper White River Basin, underscoring that ample, clean water is a cornerstone to a strong local economy and the supply of everyday utilities and amenities.

For those reasons and many more, our water resources are worth celebrating. We hope you’ll take part in festival activities to help you, your family and friends understand the critical value of water to our community.

Festival events include art exhibits and performances, family activities, river clean-ups, tours, bird walks, lectures and more. A full list of upcoming events is at

We hope you can join us during the festival this month to learn more about the White River, one of our most treasured natural resources.

Jill Hoffmann
Coordinator, Upper White River Watershed Alliance

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