Fawn River An upstream dam release inundated this once pristine Indiana river with 100,000 cubic yards of fine sand and silts.
Fawn River
The Effects The aquatic life was immediately imperiled and it's once gravel bottom, deformed and buried.
The Effects
A Unique Approach to Restoration The Fawn River Restoration & Conservation Charitable Trust is diligently working to restore Fawn River utilizing a primary “toolbox” of optimal techniques.
A Unique Approach to Restoration

Fawn River Trust LogoOur Mission

Fawn River Restoration and Conservation Charitable Trust (“Fawn River Trust”) is a Not-For-Profit 501(c)(3) organization that works with a variety of private, public and governmental partners to restore damaged rivers and conserve them in as near to native condition as possible.

The Trust and its partners have expertise in cost efficient high quality restoration of riverine and riparian habitat using innovative low-impact technology, observation based fluvial geomorphological design, and adaptive management over-sight.

Trust activities are currently focused on conservation and restoration of the section of Fawn River damaged by the 1998 discharge of approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sediment. Activities include restoring the native fluvial geomorphology and ecology of the main stem of Fawn River, remediating damage to the downstream Greenfield Mill’s reservoir, and improving the over-all health of the river ecosystem by encouraging and implementing projects that reduce sediment and contaminant run off within the watershed.

Site Visit Consultation

To request a site visit or consultation with Fawn River Trust or contractors, simply fill out the form below or email Trust@FawnRiverRestoration.org.

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Contributions to Fawn River Restoration & Conservation Charitable Trust are tax deductible.


The Trust leadership is Rev. Thomas E. Smith, Eric C. Lewis and Neal Lewis.  The members of the Trust leadership have all worked on a wide variety of environmental and public justice projects throughout their long professional careers.