Turnout for license meeting shows that many give a 'dam'
A huge crowd packed the City Council chambers Monday evening, March 24, to talk about the Kinnickinnic River dams. Even after city employees added several rows of extra chairs, many people were still left standing.
The public meeting, which followed a site visit to the dams, was one of the first steps in relicensing the two hydroelectric dams on the Kinnickinnic.
While the process has started, it will take years to complete, City Administrator Scot Simpson told the crowd. And, just because the city is working to relicense the dam doesn't mean the City Council or staff have decided on whether to keep them.
Many citizens spoke at the meeting, sharing their opinions on whether the dams should stay or go as wellas their opinions on what aspects of the dams the city should study as it begins the licensing process.
Residents will also be able to submit written comments for 60 days after the meeting, either directly to FERC at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp or by emailing city Management Analyst Ray French at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More informaiton, including an audio recording of the meeting, can be found at www.rfcity.org/hydro.
For a full report on the meeting, please see the March 27 print edition of the River Falls Journal.