White River Clean-Up

City of Carmel to Participate in White River Clean-Up

Carmel, IN — The City of Carmel and neighboring communities invite you to join us on  Saturday, September 12th, for the 20th Annual White River Clean-Up.  This will be Carmel’s 10th year participating in the event.  Volunteers will remove trash from the White River in an effort to make a difference in our community and improve water quality.

Volunteers can register on-site the day of the event, but all groups should pre-register by emailing stormwater@fishers.in.us.  Volunteers will be provided with clean-up supplies, water, lunch, and a White River Cleanup T-shirt (while supplies last).  Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and old clothes that can get dirty and wet.  Volunteers can meet at one of two locations:

Carmel (317.571.2441) / Fishers (317.567.5056) Location:

8:00am to 1:00pm

14556 River Road, Carmel, IN

(River Road – ½ mile south of 146th Street on east side of Road)

Noblesville Location (317-770-5132):

The Moose Lodge at 950 Field Drive (near SR-19), Noblesville, IN

8:00am to 12:00pm

It is important for the City of Carmel to participate in this opportunity to protect the White River as a natural resource and bring awareness to storm water pollution prevention.  Residents are encouraged to support and participate in the City’s efforts to preserve and protect the environmental beauty and recreational value of the White River and other waterways so that they may be enjoyed by future generations.

Additionally, Mayor Jim Brainard has declared the week of September 6th-12th “Water Awareness Week”.  In observance of “Water Awareness Week,” the City reminds residents to please:

  • Refrain from dumping anything into a ditch, stream, or storm drain, including yard waste.
  • Clean up and properly dispose of pet or animal waste.
  • Use a soil test to determine your lawn’s fertilizer needs and consider the use of phosphorus free fertilizers.
  • Use bug, rodent, algae, and weed killers sparingly and according to the label.
  • Wash your car at a full or self-service car wash instead of your driveway.
  • Direct swimming pool and spa filter backwash into the sanitary sewer.
  • Report any illegal dumping into storm drains or waterways to the City of Carmel Engineering Department at 317-571-2441 (within city limits and during normal business hours), or IDEM’s 24-hour hotline at 1-888-233-7745.

For more information and tips, please go to http://www.carmel.in.gov, click on Departments, Storm Water Management, and then Storm Water Program.  If you can’t make the cleanup, consider attending one of the many White River Festival events throughout September promoted by Carmel’s education partner, the White River Alliance.  The Festival lineup can be found at http://whiteriverfestival.org/.