Heart of the River Coalition

Heart of the River CoalitionThe Heart of the River coalition was formed in April, 2013 in response to an announced plan by the Anderson (Indiana) Corporation for Economic Development to build a dam and reservoir on the White River which is central Indiana’s principal geographic feature. It’s a diverse group comprised of local residents whose properties would be affected, environmentalists, wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, and recreational paddlers, among others. Its participants include individuals as well as designated representatives of local, regional and statewide interest groups which are governed by their boards of directors, and will likely present their own statements from time to time.

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Our Vision

We envision the White River as a free-flowing stream, allowed to perform its many natural functions with minimal human encroachment. We envision the river as an ecological, aesthetic, inspirational, community/cultural, and recreational resource which deserves protection. We envision the preservation of the home places and family heritage which many local residents have built over several generations and desire to preserve. We also envision the preservation of all sites, earthworks and artifacts of the earliest inhabitants for whom the White River meant both survival and spiritual sustenance.

Our Mission

The Heart of the River coalition is a grassroots organization formed in 2013 in response to the threat of a planned dam on White River in Anderson, Indiana and a reservoir that would affect Anderson, Chesterfield, Daleville, and Madison and Delaware Counties. It will work to present our vision to the community and to public officials. It will offer an alternative nature- and community-oriented vision to the dam and reservoir proposal. It will work to critique the rebuttable rationale offered by the promoters of a dam and to monitor, consult, and intervene, as appropriate, in proposed actions by public agencies.

Our Case Statement

The Heart of the River coalition recently announced its position in opposition to the planned dam and reservoir on White River. After extensive review, we believe that a reservoir would not be in the best interest of the community and the ecology of the White River because it would destroy a rare and high-quality natural resource in east central Indiana. Our position is accompanied by a rationale document — our case statement, which lists many of the major concerns and problematic issues which are known at this time.

Read our case statement


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