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July 16, 2014

Sessions planned to discuss Mounds Lake project

Public sessions set for Anderson, Chesterfield, Daleville and Yorktown

ANDERSON, Ind. —

Public meetings to discuss Phase II feasibility findings for the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir will be held in four central Indiana communities next month, according to Rob Sparks.

Sparks, executive director of the Corporation for Economic Development of Anderson/Madison County, who is leading the effort to build the reservoir, released the schedule on Wednesday.

Sessions are scheduled for the week of Aug. 17 in Anderson, Chesterfield, Daleville and Yorktown. Preliminary findings of the study will be released in stages over the next several weeks.

Sparks declined to discuss specifics of the study's findings, but details such as pool depth, cost, (estimated between $350 million and $400 million), dam height and location remain fundamentally unchanged from when the project was unveiled in 2013, he said.

What will be significantly different, however, is the format of the next series of public discussions, which Sparks calls "Imagine Mounds Lake."

The sessions are designed to serve as open houses for communities where residents will be able to visit exhibits, read about the project, ask questions and offer ideas and opinions.

"Imagine Mounds Lake is an opportunity for the community to get involved in the project and begin visioning for our future," Sparks said. "We will be taking the best practices from around the country and applying those to give folks a visual picture of what Mounds Lake could look like and what that could mean for Madison and Delaware counties."

"The Mounds Lake project has the opportunity to bolster the entire central Indiana region by serving as a steady water source for generations to come and by re-imagining what our community looks like," Sparks said.

Residents of Anderson's Irondale neighborhood, which would be flooded if the reservoir is built, and several environmental groups have imagined what their community would look like and want no part of it.

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