Robert Cooper Audubon Society

The Robert Cooper Audubon Society (RCAS), which strives on behalf of its members to encourage the conservation of natural resources in East Central Indiana, unequivocally opposes the Mounds Reservoir Project, an initiative to construct a dam and reservoir in Anderson, Indiana.

The proposed reservoir would exact a heavy cost to the natural environment by inundating at least one-third of Mounds State Park. Among the consequences would be loss, as shaded hiking trails along the White River are submerged; risk, as the Adena-Hopewell mounds are subjected to greater threats of flooding and erosion; and destruction — complete and permanent — of the Mounds Fen State Nature Preserve.

Designated a state nature preserve in 1980, the fen is remarkable not only for its “clean water” but also its “high biodiversity,” qualities highlighted in Mounds State Park’s Interpretive Master Plan, which further notes the profusion of wildflowers, “indicating a high quality woods with minimal disturbance.” The park also contains numerous critically important animal and plant species native to Indiana.

Such qualities create a unique cultural and natural resource, which not only serves to educate students and reinforce state-supported curricula on Indiana natural history, but also provides a respite for the people of Indiana and their out-of-state guests, over 360,000 of whom visited the park last year.

In order to preserve the unique cultural and natural resources of Mounds State Park, and its contribution to local quality of life, which helps keep families living and working in East Central Indiana, RCAS urges others to join us in opposing the Mounds Reservoir Project, thereby ensuring, as the centennial of the state park system approaches, the continued legacy of this extraordinary place.

 

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