Foes say proposed reservoir would have adverse impact

November 4, 2013

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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