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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. (http://www.madisoncountyalert.com/2013/03/indy-water-arrives/)

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: 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.

    July 26, 2014

  • Letter: Dr. David and Kay Mares are local treasures Throughout history we have had treasures that were not appreciated until years or centuries after their time. The lost art of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The terra cotta men of China. Vincent Van Gogh was a failing, starving artist in his time. Now his works are some of the world’s most valued. Madison County has a prize of its own that should be recognized in its time.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: 23 Relay for Life teams raised $40,000 As chairs of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Madison County, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: Ritz under attack by state education board I attended the Indiana State Board of Education meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 9, and was genuinely disturbed by what I saw.

    July 17, 2014

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