Residents talk water level solutions with Rokita

U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.)

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – Concerned citizens met with U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita Wednesday evening to discuss possible solutions to Lake Freeman’s lowering levels.

More than a dozen people shared their thoughts on the topic. Some of them said lowering the 500 cubic feet per second requirement is the right move to help the lake.

Whatever the outcome, residents hope a plan can be developed that protects the mussels and Lake Freeman.

“We wish we could wave a magic wand and bang, we have our water back,” said Joe Roach, executive director of the Shafer Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation Corporation. “Hopefully, we can come up with some sort of compromise that will save mussels and save our lake.”

Roach also said recreational safety and ensuring that businesses can continue to operate on the lake is critical to consider in coming up with a solution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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