The board of the FoWR recently adopted the following position statement:
“The Friends of 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”
It’s entirely fitting that the group would take such a position. We’ve often wondered why it has not acted sooner. Perhaps the May 12th panel presentations provided additional rationale and encouragement.
Not to look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth, but we also wonder why their statement is silent on the issues of riparian and forest protection, as well as needed wildlife habitat preservation. Those are huge potential negative ecological impacts.