Reservoir would harm park
We have appreciated Mounds Park even more since realizing that it is one of few high-quality natural areas remaining in East-Central Indiana. Therefore, it is with great dismay that we have read about the Mounds Reservoir Project. This project would result in the loss of one-third of Mounds State Park, including the state-dedicated Mounds Fen Nature Preserve. The habitat loss both in the park and the wooded corridor along the river would be a tremendous blow to wildlife.
The project is being promoted as a means of providing water to Indianapolis and Anderson, but is that really what is driving this effort? These communities did not initiate this project. It is hard to believe the promoters are motivated by public wellbeing. The reservoir would submerge several industrial dump sites. Would the water be safe?
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.
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 dependence on natural resources: clean water, clean air, good soil, sunshine. Mounds State Park is a small but important natural island in East-Central Indiana. If we allow Mounds Park to be eroded by special interest groups, which other of our parks and preserves will be next?