The Geist Conservancy District has mailed out a Public Notice of the December 11, 2020 hearing. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the courts have asked us to organize this virtual hearing.
The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the petition meets the statutory requirements and can therefore be referred to the Natural Resources Commission for further proceedings.
The hearing will be held at the Hamilton County Superior Court No. 5 at 9:00 A.M. Any member of the public interested in attending virtually via Zoom will need to email Geist@dentons.com for a link.
As you are aware, Geist is over 75 years old and is in need of ongoing maintenance such as dredging, weed treatment, and erosion control.
Indiana residents have enjoyed Geist Reservoir ever since it was constructed by damming Fall Creek in 1943 to provide water for Indianapolis. Upon completion, Geist Reservoir became the second-largest human-made lake in Indiana, providing 7 billion gallons of water. You are most likely familiar with the shallow waters (10 feet or less) and the rapid development the area has seen over the years.
With that being said, several factors have aged Geist to appear much closer to 120 years old than its actual age. While Geist has always been a place for families to make memories, the reservoir needs swift ecological attention and homeowner support to survive into the next decade. The Geist Conservancy District is the only answer to a long term, viable future for the reservoir.