To preserve, protect & enhance the White River of Indiana
Feds question value, wisdom of proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said several issues must be addressed before the Mounds Lake Reservoir project can move forward. Specifically, the EPA said two feasibility studies for the proposed seven-mile reservoir, which would run from Anderson into Delaware County, fail to address alternatives to the construction.
The report also notes that the process has been backwards, as no public process took place to demonstrate a need for more water in Central Indiana, let alone consider alternative solutions to a dam and reservoir, particularly in this location.
Read more at IBJ.com, Feds raise several issues about proposed reservoir, June 24, 2014.
Learn more about the proposed dam project at Mounds Lake Reservoir.
Friends of the White River oppose the proposed Mounds/Anderson Dam.
We consider the loss of a free flowing stream near our area to be a huge cost to pay for a reservoir with unknown/questionable water quality. Fishing and recreational opportunities will degrade. As the river exists now, there are fine canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Our White River is presently teeming with small mouth bass and other game fish, and many people enjoy fishing there.
Agricultural and residential run off make this a poor solution to store water for urban uses. Unknown and non-verifiable industrial dumps located in the area will further degrade water quality. Citizens Water has studied future needs for Indianapolis, and announced that present sources and strategies will stand in good stead for at least the next 25 years. Evaporative losses of a reservoir with such a large surface area also negatively impact feasibility.
We believe the dam will provide little flood control benefit to Indianapolis. Much of our natural flow presently comes from streams that are downstream of the proposed dam site.
Board of Directors, Friends of the White River, May 21, 2014
Music on the River
Free and open to the public: Live music, outdoors, on the river at the White River Yacht Club, 1400 East 74th Street, Indianapolis. Concerts take place every other Thursday through the end of August, 6:30–9:30 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts move into the covered patio. On the calendar:
July 3 — Claghorn Brothers, classic rock
July 17 — HooDoo, classic & alternative rock, soul blues
July 31 — Karen & the Beast, rock & roll, electric blues, funky soul
August 14 — Brenda Williams, classic soul, jazzy R&B
August 28 — Gordon Bonham, soulful blues