Proposed reservoir could affect endangered species

ANDERSON, Ind. - The habitat for several endangered species could be damaged if a proposal to build a 2,000-acre reservoir about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis moves forward.

The Herald Bulletin reports an initial feasibility study for the Mounds Lake Reservoir says the Indiana bat's habitat includes Madison County, and likely some of the wooded stream corridors, bottomland and upland forests targeted for the reservoir.

According to the Indiana Natural Heritage Data Center, two species of mollusks, three species of dragonfly and possibly a few plant species could be affected. But a preliminary assessment prepared by a consulting firm said there doesn't appear to be any species of concern that would prevent the project from moving forward.

Madison County Corporation for Economic Development Executive Director Rob Sparks says more studies are needed.

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