Thanks to the combined efforts of our Audubon chapter and other organizations, the proposed Mounds Reservoir was voted down by local governing bodies.
We're now focusing our energies on supporting the proposed Mounds Greenway, which would be not only a recreational trail but also a White River corridor conservation project.
The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) is leading efforts to promote the proposed Mounds Greenway. Stay up on the latest developments in the proposed project at www.moundsgreenway.org, or contact Kim McKenzie, our Audubon chapter's representative to the project, at email@example.com.
The Hoosier Environmental Council offers the following suggestions for promoting the greenway:
Ask Governor Mike Pence and Indiana DNR Director Cam Clark to support the Mounds Greenway. (Contact Gov. Pence at http://www.in.gov/gov/2752.htm; email Cam Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Contact these local officials to support the Mounds Greenway:
If you participate in an organization, urge your organization to adopt a formal statement of support for the Mounds Greenway. (The RCAS has already done this!) Ask that your organization’s newsletter publish a greenway article.
If you are a business owner, send HEC a letter of support for the Mounds Greenway. Ask your local chamber of commerce to formally support the Mounds Greenway.
If you are a student, organize a Mounds Greenway action group on campus. Volunteer to help with Mounds Greenway events in your community, or sign up for training to be part of our Mounds Greenway speakers’ team.
Host a Mounds Greenway house party to educate your friends and neighbors about the greenway and ask them to write letters of support.
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper supporting the Mounds Greenway.
Like, share, suggest and tag Mounds Greenway news on your social media pages. Follow the Mounds Greenway at www.moundsgreenway.org, and on facebook, twitter, and instagram.
And be sure to get out and enjoy the river and nearby communities.
The Robert Cooper Audubon Society, 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 on 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.