The Heart of the River coalition recently created a PDF of the 1979 plan by the DNR titled The Recreation Potential of the White River: Vol 2 Anderson — Muncie. This blog has commented on that extensive DNR plan in posts dated June 12th and July 17th. Visit the complete document at
You will see (at Map 14) the detailed recommendations pertaining to corridor acquisition, resource areas and implementation recommendations. The DNR obviously considered the corridor to be a special place and worthy of enhancement and protection. It concluded: “The significance of this riverine resource to the urban populations found along its banks, and the people of central Indiana in general, cannot be overstated.” Unfortunately,however, no resultng implementation occurred.
This plan has most recently been reincarnated and expanded upon by one of the 14 dam-opposing organizations (HEC), as a proposed Mounds Greenway. As we have seen during the past 25 years in Indiana and throughout the country, the rapid advent and popularity of greenways and linear recreation trails has proven their value to healthy living and community vitality. Perhaps now, with some continuing education, our local and state officials will recognize this value and move forward with protecting the White RIver corridor– instead of destroying it.