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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and City of Indianapolis Urge Residents to Water Trees

INDIANAPOLIS – (August 28, 2013) Combating the continued lack of rain and rise in temperatures, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) has initiated several steps to ensure that trees are being cared for and the public is informed. KIB along with the City of Indianapolis, is asking residents to water their trees.

With the recent rising temperatures and lack of accumulative rainfall, KIB is asking residents to give their trees 15 gallons of water, once a week, if planted within the last three to five years. Although, with extremely hot temps, increasing to twice a week is preferred, along with watering mature trees during this time of abnormally dry weather. Additional resources on tree care are available at

“A period of excessive heat coupled with below average rainfall for the month of August have created stressful conditions for trees and landscaping plants across Indianapolis,” said Lori Miser, Public Works Director. “The City is advising residents to be proactive in protecting young trees and other sensitive plants from drought-related stress.”

Because of the urgent need to protect our city’s trees, KIB is investing more resources into watering:

  • Weekly watering notifications: Visitors to the KIB homepage can see weekly reminders and tips for watering. Through a color-coded notification system, residents will know immediately the conditions for watering, and ways to ensure trees that have been planted in the last five years are cared for properly. Additionally, notifications will also be sent through Facebook and Twitter, encouraging residents to Tweet @kibiorg with the hashtag #thirstytrees or send a message on Facebook about watering efforts.
  • Volunteer watering crews: Opportunities are currently available ( to assist KIB in watering trees during this drought season, every Monday evening from 6-8PM at various sites around Indy; additional days and times are currently being added.

“Currently, our main concern is for the trees that we have planted in the past few years with help of funders and volunteers all over the city; and insuring that they survive to provide a substantial tree canopy for Indianapolis.” said David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “Our hope is that all of Indy’s trees are being cared for, especially after the extreme drought we experienced last year. We are grateful for the support of the City of Indianapolis to implement a plan that will engage residents to ensure the survivability of trees and help to combat the recent, extreme dryness.”

To learn more about KIB’s watering efforts, volunteer to join a watering crew, or donate to help preserve trees; please visit

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. In 2012, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.

City of Indianapolis-Department of Public Works (DPW)
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works maintains public infrastructure, manages municipal solid waste collection and ensures a healthy, safe and natural environment. We are committed to providing efficient and effective high quality customer service to the citizens and visitors of Indianapolis.