I believe removal is the best environmental and economic decision for Milwaukee County.
Our family owns one acre of wild land on the Milwaukee River in Glendale. Estabrook Dam curses the Milwaukee River, water quality, the Great Lakes watershed and Nature. Would you build Estabrook Dam today? No. Then why maintain it today, because surely tomorrow--in one hundred years-- Estabrook Dam will be worn down.
The Estabrook Dam is nothing more than a huge eyesore and an environmental disaster that provides no good other than an artificial lake that only serves the few people who live nearby. Let's return OUR Milwaukee River back to its natural course and give the river and all that depend on it the fighting chance it deserves!
The opportunity to restore natural river ecology should be seized before the damage done by dams is irreversible. Restore the Milwaukee River!
I have worked as an ecologist and wildlife biologist and understand the ecological effects of removing the dam. It is the right thing to do. I am disgusted that so much time has been wasted discussing this issue when the choice is clear. The dam should be removed to help restore the river to more of a natural state. We have seen the benefits downstream where the North Avenue Dam was removed. Let's end the discussion and move on to other projects that can help improve the water quality and wildlife habitat along the river.
Nobody has ever been able to or even tried to explain to me what public benefit the dam serves. It does not produce power, provide flood control, store water, improve safety, or facilitate navigation (In fact it is a hazard and impedes navigation). WHY is the public paying for it?
I live near the Milwaukee River on the east side and have happily watched water quality improve since the North Ave. dam was removed. I've seen how a more natural river flow has cleaned up the water and enabled fish and other wildlife to return. We are fortunate in Milwaukee to have three rivers going through our city. We should do our best to restore them to a natural clean state - so people enjoy fishing, swimming, paddling and so cleaner water is moving into Lake Michigan.
This is an issue that is larger than one community or stakeholder. There are short- and long-term implications. I support removal of the dam in light of a preponderance of evidence and in support of the largest number of present and future stakeholders.
In addition to its obvious ugliness and propensity to collect trash, the dam serves no valuable purpose and impedes natural stream flow and habitat patterns. It has to go!
Dams are being removed in many places to restore the health of rivers, newer data shows this to be one of the best practices for achieving healthy water systems.
Besides being an eye sore, especially when the razor backs collect large debri and garbage, the dam acts as a road block preventing fish from navigating up and down stream, builds up vast amounts of sediment and pollution, and produces terrible odors throughout the hot summer months.
"[It's] unjust for all Milwaukee County taxpayers to share in the exceptionally high cost of rebuilding and/or maintaining the Estabrook Dam for the benefit of a few homeowners just upstream who want a pond in the backyard." - Bob, Milwaukee
"As a Milwaukee County resident, taxpayer, and a canoeist on rivers, I cannot support funding restoration of a dam that benefits only a few and does not make any sense environmentally or recreationally for the majority." - Allen, Milwaukee
All the arguments for the removal of Estabrook Dam have been heard. It is time to remove this aging impediment to a quality Milwaukee River. As an outdoors person who fishes and canoes Milwaukee County's watershed frequently, I respectively urge the commission to vote to remove the Estabrook Dam. Thanks you. - David, Burlington
Removing the Estabrook Dam just makes too much sense from economic and environmental perspectives to keep debating the issue. The facts are in. Just do it! - Carl, Milwaukee
"When the environmentalists and the fiscal conservatives are on the same side -- remove the dam -- it's clear what the right thing to do is. Please remove the dam." -Christine, Milwaukee
"The health of our metro area watershed is a high priority. I want my grandchildren and their children to enjoy the natural benefits of the Milwaukee River River Basin...and dam elimination improves the free natural flowing of the river into the future." - Richard, Grafton
"I have kayaked through this area a number of times. This section is an eyesore and is dangerous as well as polluted. Open up the river and clean this up." - David, Milwaukee
"I would like to see the Milwaukee River free again, free to flow, free to clean itself. It's time. We cannot afford the money it will take to reduce the quality of our waters. Let's give nature the chance it needs to live with us in harmony." - William, Milwaukee
"We live on the river and support removal." - Ellen, Glendale