The Emrichsville Dam was built in 1899 to create a pool for Riverside Park called Lake Indy. Over the past 119 years it did its job. In October of 2018, the dam failed which lowered the water level of the river upstream of the dam by nearly 6 feet, virtually ruining the namesake of the Riverside neighborhood.
Also in 2018 Citizens Energy Group finished a river water pump system north of the 30th St to pull water from the White River and put it in the canal. The canal is our main source of drinking water for our city. When the dam broke, the new pump became inoperable since the river's water level north of Emrichsville Dam dropped 6'.
Now Citizens Energy Group wants to rebuild the dam a mile north to save money where it will not be seen while literally taking away half of our usable river.
The 'citizens'; of Indianapolis want the entire Lake Indy restored, returning our river to historic levels by rebuilding the Emrichsville Dam where it has been for 119 years.
Citizens has agreed that if we can find the extra money to rebuild where we want it, they would build it there. Now, we as a city have this once in a lifetime opportunity to build a proper gateway into Indianapolis AND Speedway.
THE DAM AND THE RIVER TODAY
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