Panel Discussion - May 12, 2014

On Monday, May 12, 2014, the Heart of the River Coalition presented a panel of experts who raised critical questions about the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir in the Madison/Delaware County area. The dam’s proponents have held several events that did not allow the public to comment on the plan. This panel examined the reservoir plan’s questionable claims of benefit. It also identified destructive impacts of the proposal. Public questions and comments were heard. More than 175 concerned citizens attended the event at Millcreek Civic Center in Chesterfield, Ind.

Watch videos of each panelist below, and click the links to view their presentations in PDF format.


  • Panel Introduction
    Marian Osborne Berky


  • Tony Fleming, LPG (hydrogeologist)
    "Ground Water Issues"

    Tony Fleming, LPG, is a licensed professional geologist with more than 25 years of experience in the geology and groundwater of Indiana. While at the Indiana Geological Survey, he authored or coauthored several groundwater studies, including the Hydrogeologic Framework of Marion County, and the Marion County Geology website at IGS. He is an acknowledged expert on the geology and hydrogeology of natural areas, and continues to perform geologic mapping for a variety of organizations as well as groundwater prospecting for towns and industries.

    See Tony Fleming's presentation in PDF format.

  • Morton J. Marcus, PhD (economist)
    "Who Benefits and When?"

    Morton J. Marcus, PhD, taught economics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business for 33 years. His primary focus is Indiana’s economic development as reflected in his weekly newspaper column appearing in 24 cities across the state.

  • Donald G. Ruch, PhD (biologist)
    "What Will Be Lost — Forever"

    Donald G. Ruch, PhD, is the chair of the Biodiversity and Natural Areas Committee of the Indiana Academy of Science and a professor of biology at Ball State University. For the past 17 years at Ball State University, he has conducted more than 25 detailed floral inventories, primarily in East Central Indiana. Two of the most notable sites were Mounds State Park in Anderson, Ind., and Cabin Creek Raised Bog near Farmland, Ind. He has published numerous articles in the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science.

    See Donald G. Ruch's presentation in PDF format.

  • Donald R. Cochran, MA (archaeologist)
    Archaeological Concerns

    Donald R. Cochran, MA, is an emeritus archaeologist from the Department of Anthropology, Ball State University. His research has focused on Early and Middle Woodland earthworks and earthwork landscapes, particularly the earthworks in Mounds State Park and similar sites in east central Indiana. He is a senior principal investigator for Gray and Pape, Inc., and also for a Preserve America grant to inventory mounds and enclosures statewide. He has worked in state and federal cultural resource management and with the laws pertaining to those resources.

    See Donald R. Cochran's presentation in PDF format.