Indiana Sierra Club Issues
Activists in the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter focus on a wide variety of issues, especially when the General Assembly is in session. However, much of our work centers on energy and water (see links below for more information on our primary issues).
Also worth keeping an eye on:
The Proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir
Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter: Statement of Opposition to Mounds Lake: The Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club opposes the Mounds Lake project currently under consideration in Anderson. All dams and reservoirs are inherently destructive of the environment and this one is no different. As presently conceived, the seven-mile-long lake would destroy a scenic, free-flowing section of the White River and flood forests and wetlands along its banks. Parts of Mounds State Park would be under water, putting both natural habitat and archeological relicts at risk. Pollutants currently in the river may accumulate in the impoundment, potentially creating high concentrations of E. coli and blue-green algae. Additionally, there may be environmental justice concerns if low-income and/or minority residents are flooded out of their property for the benefit of real estate developers on the newly created lakeshore.
Approved by the Hoosier Chapter, Sierra Club ExCom, 13 July 2013.
Heart of the River: The Heart of the River coalition was formed in April, 2013 in response to an announced plan by the Anderson (Indiana) Corporation for Economic Development to build a dam and reservoir on the White River which is central Indiana's principal geographic feature. It is a diverse group comprised of local residents whose properties would be lost, environmentalists, wildlife advocates and recreational paddlers, among others.
For more information, visit http://heartoftheriver.wordpress.com/about/
Also see YouTube Videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/HeartoftheRiver
The Proposed Illiana Expressway
The Illiana Expressway is a proposed transportation corridor between northern portions of Illinois and Indiana. As proposed in the current Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement study, the corridor is expected to run from Interstate 55 in Illinois to Interstate 65 in Indiana.
For more information:
Opposition Facebook page: Illiana Expressway - Vote No!