Public Hearing – City of River Falls – Utility Advisory Board
Date: Monday, January 15th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 222 N Lewis St, River Falls, WI 54022
The City of River Falls Utility Advisory Board (UAB) will be hosting a Public Hearing regarding the decision of whether to relicense the dams or surrender the license. This is the first step in the City’s 3-step group decision-making process. It is critical that they understand the public’s desire for the license to be surrendered.
The night of the public hearing, the UAB is expected to vote on the following licensing options:
1) Relicense the hydroelectric facility (keep both dams),
2) Surrender the license (remove both dams), or
3) Relicense the hydroelectric facility but decommission the lower generator (to keep the Upper dam and remove the lower dam).
Please note that the UAB is only addressing “a relicensing scenario” – they are not making a specific recommendation about the future of the dams. The UAB will send their resolution and recommendation to the Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Committee. The Kinni Corridor Committee will then include this resolution and recommendation in their deliberations as they draft their recommendation to the City Council, which is expected to be finalized and delivered to the City Council in mid-February for a vote on February 27th.
Please come to this public hearing, step up to the microphone for a second, tell them who you are and that you want them to surrender the license for the hydros!
HOW DOES DAM REMOVAL AFFECT FISH?
Dam removal benefits fish in many ways, including: (1) removing obstructions to upstream and downstream migration; (2) restoring natural riverine habitat; (3) restoring natural seasonal flow variations; (4) eliminating siltation of spawning and feeding habitat above the dam; (5) allowing debris, small rocks and nutrients to pass below the dam, creating healthy habitat; (6) eliminating unnatural temperature variations below the dam; and (7) removing turbines that kill fish.
-courtesy of American Rivers