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Foes say proposed reservoir would have adverse impact

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A Muncie group that opposes a proposal to build a new reservoir in central Indiana says it would have adverse environmental, health and economic impacts.

The Heart of the River Coalition has released a "Case Statement of Opposition" to the proposed White River dam near Anderson that would create a reservoir stretching into western Delaware County, The Star Press of Muncie reported. Plans for the $400 million reservoir were announced in March.

The group says the project raises health concerns, including waste from former auto industry plants that might contaminate the reservoir. They also say the project would destroy animal habitat and would hurt local businesses.

The project's supporters have been holding public meetings and seeking the support of elected officials.

From its dam head just west of Scatterfield Road in Anderson, the reservoir would back water up seven miles to Delaware County Road 300 South and encompass 2,100 acres.

According to preliminary estimates from Rob Sparks, executive director of the Anderson/Madison County Corp. for Economic Development, the project would cost between $300 million and $400 million to build. Its primary purpose would be to supplement the Indianapolis metropolitan area's water needs. Long-term demand for water in central Indiana is a concern of local utitlies.

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  • Real Reason and Cost
    I don't really believe the intent behind the proposed reservoir is to supplement the Indianapolis system. It most certainly is not proposed with any intent to assist development in Hamilton County. It is more a half-baked idea and belief that creating a reservoir, and wiping out a portion of already developed Anderson will solve Anderson's economic and overall development issues. The cost to "build" the reservoir has to be referring to literally the cost to build the dam. It is hard to believe the cost of land acquisition, relocation of infrastructure, remediation of contaminated land, and also physical construction of a dam will only cost between $300 & $400 million. It does not appear as though local officials have given much thought to the overall implications this could have on the environment, person property, and long-term maintenance.
  • water for Fishers, Carmel, Westfield
    So in essence another aquifer for the Hamilton County development, not Indianapolis. It is a sign of expansion Northward from Fishers, Carmel, Westfield,Noblesville toward Anderson,where the center of development for Indianapolis is not Indianapolis, but Hamilton County replacing Indy as Central Indiana with Indianapolis more like a suburb of Hamilton County, old town.
    • Properly maintain what you already have
      Geist Reservoir at age 70 becomes clogged artery http://www.indystar.com/article/20130929/LOCAL01/310060002/
    • Reinvest & expand Geist & Morse
      Geist & Morse Reservoirs could be dredged and expanded for much less than $400 million without the industrial pollution from Anderson's abandoned auto factories.

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