Wabash River Development and Beautification Inc. (WRDBI), commonly known as RiverScape, will celebrate 10 years of work achieved during the Healthy Rivers INitiative (HRI) during a winter luncheon on Jan. 30. “Clean water is essential for life on this planet,” said RiverScape president Michael Shaw about the HRI effort. “We all live downstream—together, we can improve the quality of everyone’s water.”
HRI, which is the largest land conservation initiative to be undertaken in Indiana, was announced in June 2010. It includes a partnership of resource agencies and organizations that work with willing landowners to permanently protect more than 43,000 acres along the Wabash River and Sugar Creek in west-central Indiana.
The luncheon will be at The Landing at Fort Harrison, located on the Wabash River in Terre Haute, Indiana. Attendees are asked to arrive around 11 a.m. The program will start at 11:30 a.m. and conclude around 1 p.m. The luncheon will be kicked off with recognition of former Governor Mitch Daniels, now president of Purdue University. Daniels was instrumental in establishing HRI. He will be presented with an award from RiverScape and will give remarks.
Joining Daniels will be Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Cameron Clark, who also will provide remarks. Other honored guests will include representatives of The Nature Conservancy and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, both organizations have been instrumental in HRI. Also present will be two former DNR directors, Rob Carter and Patrick Ralston, both members of the RiverScape board. The event will conclude with a peek into Riverscape’s next chapter.
Tickets will be available for presale only through Jan. 10 for $30 each, with tables of eight available for $240. After Jan. 10, tickets will be made available to the general public. Ticket and sponsorship information can be found at wabashriverscape.org/winter-