New alternative to Mounds dam project proposed

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – There’s a new alternative to a heavily criticized plan to flood part of Mounds State Park to create a reservoir.

The initial proposal was to dam the White River to create the 2,100 acre Mounds Lake in Madison County.  According to that plan, the dam would run from Anderson to north of Daleville.

County leaders said the dam would boost economic development, improve flood control, create waterfront housing and increase property values.

Opponents argued the project would destroy the park’s nature preserve and submerge hiking trails along the River.  They also claimed the dam would create long-lasting damage to native ecosystems.

Monday, the proposal’s opponents unveiled their own plan.  The plan is called the Mounds Greenway.

The Mounds Greenway plan would create a multi-use trail system along the river stretching from Anderson all the way up to Muncie.

The Hoosier “Environmental Council” and “Heart of the White River” groups say their plan would cost a fraction of the $450 million reservoir project, but would still create opportunities for new water-front businesses and properties, while protecting the natural habitats and flow of the white river.

Madison County officials also released the results of their feasibility study. They plan to have several information sessions this week, including one Tuesday at Mounds Mall and in Chesterfield.

To take a look at each plan, click here and here.

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