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Erosion fix sought at Indiana Lewis and Clark site

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 8:25 am

CLARKSVILLE — Southern Indiana preservationists are trying to line up federal money to stop severe erosion at the Ohio River site where the Lewis and Clark expedition began in 1803.

They say the nearly 300-acre site at Clarksville is being damaged by torrents of water from the McAlpine Dam between it and Louisville.

Clarksville historian Jane Sarles tells The Courier-Journal that a structure is needed to deflect the current away from the shore, rather than piling more rocks as the Army Corps of Engineers has done before.

Officials estimate it will cost $17 million to solve the erosion problem and complete an archaeological park planned at the site, but they've been told the Corps of Engineers that it doesn't have the money for the project.