What's at Stake
Hundreds of acres of existing wetlands and creek channels, over 30 miles stream corridor and over 1500 acres of forest will be destroyed, including hardwood floodplain habitat for the endangered Indiana bat and hundreds of historical Native American and pioneer archeological sites. The reservoir is oversized to provide twice the amount of water Springfield claims it needs and is anticipated to immediately violate state water quality standards for phosphorus. In addition, because of concerns about the reservoir causing flooding in the Village of Pawnee, the plan includes a proposal to construct a second channel for Horse Creek, to widen the existing creek and to build a levee between Pawnee High School and the creek.
Why No Dam
The City of Springfield acknowledges that the reservoir plan is the most environmentally damaging of the alternatives studied.
The City has proven itself unable or unwilling to comply with water quality standards in its existing lake, and to prevent it from filling with sediment. The City’s power plant wastes millions of gallons each day to flush coal ash into Sugar Creek, violating water quality standards. The dam project would require three towns to divert the wastewater they currently discharge to Horse or Brush Creek. Plans for both the wastewater diversions and to replace the destroyed stream, wetland and forest habitat have not been adequately developed.
Viable alternative sources of water exist (a combination of wells and gravel pits) that would satisfy Springfield’s needs at a lower price per gallon.
Water efficiency investments are a cheaper way to ‘grow’ Springfield’s source of water, including
- Repair leaky mains and dredge existing lake to original capacity
- Price water right to encourage conservation
- Landscape to minimize water use
- Stop wasting water at the City power plant
The SVG pledges to fight this action and we encourage fellow members and Springfield citizens to become educated and speak out about Hunter Dam.
To write your alderman/woman click here.
To view a copy of the city ordinance as proposed on March 4th, 2014 click here.