The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


July 30, 2013

Viewpoint: Proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir could be a bad dream

Like many in our community, I first reacted to the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir with disbelief. The project had proceeded in secret for over two years before the privately financed Phase I study results were revealed to the public. Many residents attended a well-choreographed presentation of the proposal at a community meeting in Chesterfield, Daleville or Anderson. Although it was billed as a “forum,” the presentation was actually a view of the proposed reservoir through rose-colored glasses.

The main reason that many Madison County residents find the reservoir appealing is that we can imagine an economic bonanza resulting from its development. However, we will not benefit from recreation, lake-front home construction, or flood control unless the developers decide to allow it. Eagle Creek Reservoir (Indianapolis) and Prairie Creek Reservoir (Muncie) have not been economic engines. Privately owned reservoirs don’t operate under the same rules that apply to the Army Corps of Engineers, so no economic development is guaranteed. We should be cautious about forfeiting 7-plus miles of free-flowing river to a for-profit corporation outside our county. Anderson doesn’t need the water because our supply comes from underground aquifers, but Hamilton County has added 90,000-plus residents since 2000 according to the Madison County Alert, and is getting thirstier. (

In addition to the lack of oversight by and guarantee of economic gain for Delaware and Madison counties, three environmental challenges need to be addressed by developers: 1) the number of former dumpsites (six at last count) that would be adjacent to or flooded by the reservoir, 2) erosion, sewer overflows, and illegal county drains upstream of the reservoir that already degrade White River water quality , and 3) one-third of Mounds State Park, including a legally protected nature preserve, would be lost. New trails would destroy much of the park that wasn’t flooded. Protection of the 2000-year old Adena-Hopewell earthworks cannot be assured. Wildlife habitat and much of the wildlife it presently supports would be destroyed.

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  • Viewpoint: Voters, especially seniors, should ask questions It’s that time of year again. Kids are getting ready for school, corporations are reviewing their semi annual reports and — yes — many seniors are filling out their absentee ballots. Some are voting because they are fed up with the status quo, some out of habit and some because they feel it is their civic duty.

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  • Viewpoint: Adding such a robust water resource with Mounds Lake would set us apart I have lived in Madison County most of my life, and for the past 14 years, I served on the Town Council in Pendleton, recently retiring as president. I have watched with great interest the happenings around the proposed Mounds Mall for a few reasons.

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