INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis-based nonprofit Reconnecting to Our Waterways has awarded $250,000 in grants for projects along several prominent bodies of water. The support focuses on Fall Creek, the Central Canal and Pogue's Run.

The funds are the final installment of a more than $1.6 million awarded to the organization in 2013 from the Kresge Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

ROW says the project are:

  • ROW Ecology Committee - $12,000 - to conduct a "BioBlitz," a 24-hour survey where experts and volunteers will record plant and animal species of a specific waterway.
  • ROW Fall Creek Waterway Committee - $72,750 - for the Silver Falls art installation, a sculpture designed by Scott Westphal to be installed in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood.
  • ROW Central Canal Waterway Committee - $94,000 for habitat restoration and clean up, programming and public art mobilization and funding for local youth to remove invasive plant species.
  • ROW Pogue’s Run Waterway Committee - $71,250 for a green space preservation/prevention program, including a re-entry training program focusing on transforming a vacant lot in the Springdale neighborhood.

Director Corrie Meyer says "the past three years have been transformational for ROW working as a collective impact - neighborhoods and policy experts have put their heads together on how to increase quality of life in Indy neighborhoods along our waterways. As we look forward, we see greater collaboration with the city, stakeholders, neighborhood residents, and creative professionals to create opportunities for art, nature, and beauty along our waterways and waterway neighborhoods."