Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Environment - "Delaware Co. Commissioners warned of Mounds Lake ‘stardust’"
Opponents of the Mounds Lake Reservoir project made their case to the Delaware County commissioners on Monday.
The commissioners didn’t comment on the anti-reservoir presentation and no vote concerning the project had been on the agenda. Officials in Delaware and Madison counties had been asked to support the project by its creators in previous meetings and have been sending — and will continue to send — representatives to meetings on the project.
“We urge you to study this issue and not be hypnotized by the stardust thrown your way,” opponent Sheryl Myers told the commissioners.
The Mounds Lake project, which would see a portion of White River expanded through Madison and Delaware counties by construction of a dam in Anderson, is in an early analysis stage funded by a $600,000 state grant. If the project goes forward, it would take years to complete.
The proposal calls for a seven-mile-long, 2,100-acre, 13-billion-gallon reservoir stretching from the heart of Anderson in Madison County into Salem Township and Yorktown in Delaware County. Proponents cite the project's potential economic development impact as well as its capacity to provide a water source for Central Indiana.
Opponents, including those at Monday’s commissioners meeting, say the project would have a negative impact on the area, including the ecosystem, housing and residents who will move if the project goes forward. * * *
Kevin Tungesvick, a Madison County botanist, said 478 native plant species would be negatively impacted by the project. A third of Mounds State Park, including the nature preserve, would be flooded, he said.