Engineer says Mounds Lake Reservoir plan has fatal flaws

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YORKTOWN, Ind. (AP) — An engineer says a plan to create Indiana’s first new reservoir in more than four decades is fatally flawed because there would be no buyer for its water for 35 years.

Former Department of Natural Resources engineering director Thomas Holman tells The Herald Bulletin the proposed $440 million Mounds Lake Reservoir would have minimal impact on flood control and isn’t needed to boost the water supply because it’s cheaper to bring water from the Ohio and Wabash rivers.

The Corporation for Economic Development of Madison County is leading the effort to create the 2,100-acre reservoir between Anderson and Muncie. The project would flood a mall, adjacent business properties, about 400 homes and part of Mounds State Park.

Holman says the project isn’t a wise use of money. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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