The City of River Falls filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last July to extend the current hydroelectric license for five years to allow time to conduct a Kinnickinnic River corridor planning process. The City’s request was denied by FERC on December 9, 2015. This rejection upholds an August 31, 2016 deadline by which the City must decide whether to relicense or decommission the facilities. On January 8, 2016, the City filed a request for rehearing. The detailed documents and all project information can be reviewed on the City’s website at Hydroelectric Relicensing.
The KRLT will continue to participate as a stakeholder in the process. We were one of many groups and individuals to submit a letter of support for the City’s license extension request. Following the recent FERC denial of the City’s request, the KRLT submitted a letter to the Mayor and City Council expressing concern about the time constraints imposed by the current deadline and encouraging the Council to initiate an alternatives analysis.
On December 3, 2014, the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust (KRLT) Board unanimously passed a resolution supporting a process leading to the removal of the River Falls Dams. On January 2, 2015, the KRLT distributed a news release on our resolution. To view the release, which includes the resolution, please click on the following link: KRLT Hydroelectric Dams Documents.
“The Dam Decision”, a documentary created by UWRF student Sydney Howell, premiered December 7, 2015 at The Falls Theatre of River Falls to a standing room only crowd. This short film presents both sides of the current community conversation concerning dam relicensing or river restoration on the Kinnickinnic River. You can watch the 11 minute film on You Tube at The Dam Decision.