Here is an email I got after I sent the form for support of Dam removal on the Kinni. It's from Scott Morrissette an Alderman fro River Falls Wi. Am I being overly sensitive or do i detect a slight hint of condescension ?
"This decision was made on February 28, 2018. The City Council took into consideration comments from ALL interested parties with specific attention to the residents and tax payers of the City of River Falls. This decision and plan to move forward represents those wishes. While I appreciate your email and position, I make my decisions with the residents and tax payers of the City of River Falls in mind, not those of Prospect Heights, IL"
I then replied: " . Scott, Thanks for your response. I don't know what the "decision" was however. As an avid canoeist, fisherman and..... property owner in Wisconsin since 1950 I could say I contribute to the economy of the State. The water belongs to no person or entity, The Kinnickinnic is a gem. We should do all we can to keep it that way.
His response ( less condencension here )
"The decision made was to remove the dams over a period of time. The lower, Powell dam, is scheduled to come out in 2026. The upper, Junction Falls dam, is scheduled to come out between 2035-2040. This decision was reached after 2 1/2 years of community involvement/listening/education.
While the rivers are an asset for everyone, the tax payers of River Falls will directly bare the costs of removing the dams and well as other river restoration projects in the Kinni Corridor.
As an elected official, my responsibility is to the citizens of the City of River Falls. It is a balance between all points of view, ecological concerns, public use and financial consideration. This decision took into consideration all those who wanted the dams removed immediately to those who wanted them to remain in perpetuity as well as all points of view in between. The Council decided, that the decision I mentioned earlier, best represented our community’s desires with regard to the dams and more importantly, the Kinni Corridor.
I would invite you to view the February 27, 2018 city council meeting. It is available on YouTube. You will be able to see the culmination of the hard work the Kinni Corridor committee, community and council put into this decision"
I sent him a thank you email.
The dams will come out. Just wish it was sooner.