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Turnout for license meeting shows that many give a 'dam'

A standing room only crowd filled the council chambers Monday evening, March 24 for a public meeting to discuss the city's application for renewed licensing of the two hydroelectric dams on the Kinnickinnic River. Many River Falls and area residents were given a chance to speak at the meeting. People will also have 60 days after the meeting to submit written comments.

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 or by emailing city Management Analyst Ray French at

More informaiton, including an audio recording of the meeting, can be found at

For a full report on the meeting, please see the March 27 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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