River Corridor Development
The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation’s (WREC) long range mission is to enhance the Wabash River Corridor in Fountain, Warren, Tippecanoe, and Carroll counties. Current corridor master planning efforts are focused on the Tippecanoe County portion of the river to take advantage of existing project implementation resource capacity. Future efforts will extend to the other counties as relationships and leadership support develop. WREC works with local and regional governments, commercial and industrial entities, local civic organizations, and residents to improve access to the Wabash River and leverage this important natural resource for sustainable community development.
About the Process
The WREC Board of Directors hired the planning firm Wallace, Roberts, and Todd to develop a multi-phase strategy for recreation, access, and development enhancements along the Wabash River Corridor in Tippecanoe County. Phase One addressed the Lafayette-West Lafayette urban riverfront and was funded locally. Phase Two addressed the Tippecanoe County rural river corridor and was funded in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers through their Planning Assistance to States program. WREC initiated both phases simultaneously in 2008. Consultant teams began studies in 2009. Each phase's level of detail reflected the scale of its respective focus area, and the conditions and circumstances that impacted planning, design, and implementation recommendations. The Rural Corridor master planning effort focused on the entirety of the Wabash River and its tributaries within Tippecanoe County and was completed in November 2010. The Urban Corridor master planning effort focused on the Lafayette-West Lafayette urban core from the Sagamore Parkway bridge to the US 231 Branigin bridge and was completed in November 2011.