Water Awareness Week Announced; Volunteers Sought for 18th Annual White River Cleanup

Water Awareness Week Announced; Volunteers Sought for 18th Annual White River Cleanup

Date of Record: August 15, 2012


            Mayor John Ditslear has proclaimed September 2 - 8, 2012 as Water Awareness Week in the City of Noblesville.  Water Awareness Week promotes the importance of clean and healthy waterways to our city's citizens, visitors, and overall economic wellbeing of our community.  In addition, it seeks to educate people and improve water quality in our surface waters and the drinking water supply in Noblesville.

            As part of Water Awareness Week, the 18th annual White River Cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 8 from 9am - 3pm.  The Noblesville White River Cleanup has been one of the very largest in the region with tremendous community turnout and public support.  Other communities in the Upper White River Watershed have also coordinated their own existing river cleanup events on the same day, making this one of the largest scale cooperative clean up events in the nation.  The Upper White River Watershed includes 14 counties total, but the main river channel actually starts in Randolph County and only runs through Delaware, Madison, Hamilton, Marion, Johnson, and Morgan counties.  The Noblesville location will be based at the Moose Lodge at 950 Field Drive (located on Field Drive in between North 10th Street and State Road 19).  During the eighteen year history of this event, approximately 415 tons of all kinds of trash and debris, almost 3000 tires, and over 25 tons of recyclable materials have been pulled from the White River.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult) and lunch will be provided.  Even if a volunteer is only able to help for an hour or two, that will help with our goal of cleaning up the White River.  Groups are asked to pre-register by emailing Allen at hcrivercleanup@yahoo.com, but individuals and small groups (5 or fewer people) can wait to register onsite the morning of the event.  For more questions about this year's River Cleanup, call Tim at (317) 770-5132 or visit www.cityofnoblesville.org/cleanwater.