The Herald Bulletin

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March 9, 2014

Viewpoint: Stop the Mounds Reservoir project

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Economic development is also touted as a goal of this project. High-end realty will likely enrich a few developers, but several low- to mid-income neighborhoods would be destroyed. The loss of one of the few remaining high-quality natural areas will have the effect of lowering the quality of living in our region. Long term this will have a negative economic impact. The project would be very costly. Current estimates are likely not accurate as much new infrastructure would have to be created including bridges and new roads. These costs would be borne by taxpayers, but who would profit? I am afraid that the public at large would foot the bill for a project that would benefit only a few.

Often we think of “nature” as a quaint and optional consideration. In our increasing isolation from natural environments it is easy to lose sight of our absolute dependence on natural resources: clean water, clean air, good soil, sunshine. Natural environments are essential in maintaining these resources, and for reminding us of our dependence on the natural world.

Mounds State Park is a small but important natural island in east central Indiana. It is a part of a much larger, but sadly fragmented collage of public natural preserves in Indiana. If we allow Mounds Park to be eroded by special interest groups, which other of our parks and preserves will be next? Ultimately the state’s essential natural resources will be degraded. Mounds State Park should be preserved intact. This small public gem is far more important for the use of all, than the Mounds Reservoir scheme for the enrichment of a few.

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