TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation is taking steps to improve the river’s water quality.
The WREC is purchasing land from willing sellers along both sides of State Road 43 from Happy Hollow Road to the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater. The goal of the project is to stop sediment from washing into the waterway caused by erosion.
WREC Vice President Tom Murtaugh said they plan to bring in the Army Corps of Engineers to stabilize the river bank. For this to happen, the land must be publicly owned.
When the project is finished, Murtaugh says the land on the west side of 43 will be sold back to private owners. He said stopping erosion will improve the look of the river.
“It’s a key component to the water quality of the river. Obviously, there is a lot of sediment in the river because the banks are eroding. If you don’t stabilize those, then the quality is going to continue to erode. That is an important component to the long-range plan of the river development,” said Murtaugh.
Money to purchase the land is from a North Central Health Services grant. The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation also plans to build a bike path along the same stretch of State Road 43.