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New Delaware County Civic Group Joins Mounds Lake Reservoir Opposition

Heart of the River is pleased to have received this statement of support from the President of Citizens of Delaware County for Good Government.

Another NO to Mounds Lake

As President of the Citizens of Delaware County for Good Government I am writing this letter to thank the Heart of the River Coalition and The League of Women Voters for the community forum they co-sponsored at Yorktown High School, and to add our voice to the growing list of citizens and local organizations opposed to the Mounds Lake Project.

To echo the sentiments of an earlier writer, I was happy to see 300 concerned citizens in attendance. Each panelist was very knowledgeable in their specific area of expertise, and taken as a whole, the forum made a strong case against the need, the economic viability, and the potential adverse ecological impacts of the project.

Soon after the forum, Ball State University experts in urban planning, biology, anthropology, archeology, geology and economics poked holes in the recent feasibility study of the proposed reservoir and noted that "The determination that the Mounds Lake is financially feasible is, at best, premature."

The Corporation for Economic Development seems determined to spend over a half billion dollars of other people’s money to build a lake no one else seems to want, to provide water that no one has offered to purchase, based upon a feasibility study chock-full of holes.

If they get their wish many property owners will be forced to sell their homes, while others will be blessed with the good fortune of owning lakefront property. Perhaps the bottom line here is the all-mighty dollar, not the purported need for recreation or water.