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$2.3 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR ESTABROOK DAM REMOVAL

2017-10-30 09:26:20

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NEW Analysis Shows Project Would Take 50+ Homes Out of Floodplain

(Milwaukee, WI) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is awarding more than $2 million in grants to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) to remove the dilapidated Estabrook Dam on the Milwaukee River, an effort that will help reduce the risk of flooding for more than 50 homes.

“There’s absolutely no question that removal is the best option financially and for reducing the threat of flooding for dozens of homeowners. It’s great to see that state and federal partners agree with this environmentally beneficial project and are backing it with significant financial resources.”
-    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett  &  Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele    

Grant Funding Sources
There are two grants from DNR and one from the Fund for Lake Michigan that make up the $2.3 million. DNR is investing $2 million in Estabrook Dam removal out of funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to repair Areas of Concern in Wisconsin waterways. DNR is also providing $50,000 from a state program that funds dam removals. Fund for Lake Michigan announced a $250,000 grant in 2016.
 
Flood Risk Analysis
Recently completed MMSD modeling shows that by removing the dam, the current mapped floodplain will be reduced more than a foot in some locations upstream, taking more than 50 homes out of the floodplain.  During dry weather, river elevations and flows will be very similar to what they have been the past eight to nine years since the gates of the dam were ordered to remain open. 

Out of nearly 300 comments on the removal project, more than 85% support removal.

For More Information or Interviews, Contact:

Milwaukee County                    Melissa Baldauff       (414) 278-4216            Melissa.Baldauff@milwaukeecountywi.gov
City of Milwaukee                      Jodie Tabak               (414) 286-8504             Jodie.Tabak@milwaukee.gov
MMSD                                            Bill Graffin                 (414) 225-2077             bgraffin@mmsd.com
Fund for Lake Michigan            Vicki Elkin                  (414) 418-5008             vicki@fundforlakemichigan.org

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