Shorewood Village Supports Removal of Estabrook Dam as Repair Costs Continue to Rise

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On the night of January 15th, 2015, the Shorewood Village Board voted to support the removal of the Estabrook Dam joining the Milwaukee Common Council and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District who have passed similar resolutions.

Shorewood trustees unanimously supported the Board’s resolution urging Milwaukee County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to remove the dam as soon as possible. The board cited the significant costs associated with repair and maintenance of the dam as well as their commitment to improve the quality of the Milwaukee River.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper supports Shorewood Village Board’s actions because they show that they understand the important impact the Milwaukee River has on their community. Not only will removal of the dam save Shorewood residents tax dollars, it will improve the natural habitat of the Milwaukee River corridor, a key component of the Village’s community recreation.

This vote took place on the same day Milwaukee Riverkeeper learned the costs of repairing the dam are now nearly $2.3 million, up a half million dollars from previous estimates. Costs of repair and maintenance for the course of the dam’s potential 20-year lifespan now approach $6 million. As these costs continue to rise and more burden is placed on Milwaukee County taxpayers, the removal of the Estabrook Dam is the only responsible decision.

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