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A new round of public hearings is being planned about the proposal to build a seven-mile long reservoir on the White River in central Indiana.

Mounds Lake Reservoir project organizer Rob Sparks told Delaware County commissioners that the meetings will be held in March and April in Yorktown, Daleville, Chesterfield and Anderson.

Plans are to dam the White River in Anderson to create a 2,100-acre lake in a project that will cost an estimated $400 million.

Sparks told The Star Press that planners are now reviewing the potential flood height of water levels for the reservoir between Anderson and Muncie. That could lead to some excavation in the planned lake area.

Project opponents say the reservoir would have adverse environmental, health and economic impacts in the area.

The Indiana Revolving Loan Fund in November approved a $600,000 grant to cover the second phase of a feasibility study for the project.

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  • Fills a need
    Water shortages have become an annual problem. This project has several positives: increased water availability; a large, open area where industry will not locate; possible increase in commerce, property values, and tax revenues nearby the project. I like it so far.
  • Mounds Lake
    In general a very bad idea. Why should we have to pay to supply Tndy with more water. I could possibly support it if it were done like Brookvile and there would be no houses built on the lake. We don't need another Geist!! Voss Purkey
  • So development is bad???
    To the previous comment - - not sure how development and money from outside of Anderson (ie: people buying homes and builing new places to eat/shop) is a negative - Not to mention the short term boom of jobs in the area then the long term tax base of newly constructed homes/business. I guess sitting idle and not doing anything as a community is a better option? At least they are exploring was to improve the city. Any other suggestions for getting people to move to Anderson? I can't think of many reasons, but the appeal of affordable lake front lots might help.
  • Future lake houses?
    Haven't done any research on this new reservoir, but usually residential lots and tons and tons of development usually aren't far behind the making of new man made lakes, right?
    • Pity Anderson
      With the bad economic situation in Anderson this will only make things worse. But as usual our government doesn't give a rats you know what about the people it is supposed to serve.

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