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Join Us June 10 for Prettiest Part of Canoe Trip & Big Celebration

Members Paddling the Upper White River to Stress Its Beauty and Plight

To highlight the White River as a unique resource, the Hoosier Chapter and other Indiana citizens organizations are sponsoring a canoe trip on the river that culminates June 10 with a day of paddling, celebrating, and camping.

A week before the June 10 event, a “through team” of canoeists, led by chapter chair Ed Paynter, will begin an eight-day journey from the source of the White River in Randolph County. All citizens are invited to paddle and camp with the team members for any part of the trip, but the “big day” is Saturday, June 10.

Join Us Saturday, June 10

Join us on June 10 for a four-hour canoe trip from Noblesville to Carmel:

- Beautiful river scenery, wood ducks, turtles, owls, herons, mallards, and other wildlife

- Evening celebration, including a cookout, campfire, speakers, and overnight tenting

- Opportunities to meet others interested in enjoying and protecting the White River. The trip includes a lunch stop; bring your lunch or order a box lunch. Rental canoes will be available, or provide your own.

To participate in the June 10 canoe trip and celebration, mail the form on page 1 today. You will receive a registration packet with more details (or be contacted by phone or e-mail if time is tight).

Everyone is welcome at the evening celebration even if you have not paddled that day. If you are interested in canoeing with the “through team” other than on June 10, call Ed Paynter at (317) 259-4417. The team will end its 110-mile journey on June 11 in Broad Ripple Park, Indianapolis.

The White River is truly an Indiana river, arising near Winchester and emptying into the Wabash River west of Princeton. The river improves the state’s beauty, serves as drinking water, and provides for recreation. The water from the White River is used again and again during its journey. We drink it and then flush our wastes into it. We cook our food with it and use it to cool heavy machinery.

Government and elected officials, environmental groups, and others must work together to preserve and improve it.

With Ride the River 2000, the chapter hopes to remind citizens, the media, and political leaders that the river is a wonderful resource that faces threats like the December chemical spill that killed over 117 tons of fish. Guide Corp. of Anderson has been sued by the state as the responsible polluter.

Ride the River 2000 will help draw attention to our clean-water campaign. Help is needed for the event. These volunteer jobs involve a short-term commitment.

Questions? Call (317) 259-4417 or (317) 466-9992, or e-mail Visit our Web site for Ride the River updates:

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Summer 2000