Friends of the White River

CLC Saves 22% of Trees from Extensive Clearing on the White River in Settlement

CLC Saves 22% of Trees from Extensive Clearing on the White River in Settlement

For a good portion of the year, CLC has been representing Friends of the White River in a Tree Clearing Settlement Agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to ensure that the proposed tree clearing on the Indianapolis banks of the White River represents the community as well as the safety concerns it addresses.

CLC awarded Friends of the White River annual award

CLC awarded Friends of the White River annual award

Director Bill Weeks spoke at Friends of the White River annual meeting this February. CLC has been assisting FOTWR in negotiations with the DNR about tree removal on the White River levee.

At the event, President Dan Valleskey presented the organization's annual award to CLC. The hand-made carved paddle represents FOTWR's gratitude for CLC's legal council.

CLC Challenges Indiana DNR's Authorization to Destroy Mature Hardwood Forest and Habitat Along the White River Levee

CLC Challenges Indiana DNR's Authorization to Destroy Mature Hardwood Forest and Habitat Along the White River Levee

On behalf of Friends of the White River, CLC has challenged the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ decision to authorize the permanent destruction of more than seven acres of mature hardwood forest and other high-quality riparian habitat along Indianapolis’s White River levee.

CLC Working for Friends of the White River to Protect River Corridor

CLC Working for Friends of the White River to Protect River Corridor

The Conservation Law Center is representing Friends of the White River in contesting a plan to strip vegetation in the White River corridor from Broad Ripple to Kessler in Indianapolis. This much loved urban oasis is home to mature bottomland hardwood forest of considerable ecological value. Apparently relying on outdated advice from the Corps of Engineers, the City of Indianapolis has claimed that the riverside levee must be clear of vegetation in order to obtain a safety certification. CLC will argue that Congress has changed the law as to vegetation clearing, and that the city's application for a permit to clear the trees should be denied.