Canoe Trip Shows River of Problems
The White River canoe trip, which was sponsored by the Heartlands Group to highlight the waterway's pollution problems, has gained the national Sierra Club's attention. Both Sierra magazine and The Planet activist newsletter are featuring information about the event's success.
Club members, citizens, and politicians paddled nine-and-a-half miles on the river in Indianapolis. They learned that raw sewage frequently goes into the river when rainstorms fill sewer system pipes to capacity. Many Indiana cities have this combined sewer overflow (CSO) problems.
Members are working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and public officials to address CSO-related issues. Preventing water pollution from CSOs is a goal of the Chapter's 1998 Clean Water Conservation Campaign. It is the Heartlands Groupıs priority issue this year.
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