By: Phil Tevis—
The Kitselman Trailhead project, located in East Muncie (at the former Indiana Steel and Wire and King Indiana Forge factory site), is currently under development. The project will connect the Cardinal and White River Greenways through the adaptive reuse of the Albany Bridge, also known as Delaware County Bridge 85, as a bike and pedestrian crossing. The trailhead project will require a small, but significant, project component: the removal of the former Indiana Steel and Wire Dam.
About the feasibility study:
The proposed dam removal (associated with the Kitselman Trailhead Project), initiated a need for local leaders and residents to better understand the feasibility of dam removal including but not limited to: permitting, hydrologic and environmental impacts, cost-estimates, and potential mitigation requirements. A 2016 Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) Program grant was awarded to the Muncie Sanitary District’s Bureau of Water Quality to explore the possibility of dam removal and/or modification of the dams in Muncie. The feasibility study includes a preliminary investigation into the means and methods of removing the Indiana Steel and Wire Dam for the Kitselman Trailhead.
About the public forum:
The program will feature panelists from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Muncie Sanitary District, Community Enhancement Projects, Inc and FlatLand Resources, LLC. Panelists will discuss outcomes from the study including national dam removal trends, benefits and challenges to dam removal, and local dam removal opportunities.
September 18, 2017, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Minnetrista, located at 1200 North Minnetrista Parkway.