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DNR to spend $3.5M on dam projects

The state Department of Natural Resources will spend $3.5 million the next two years on 15 dam construction projects, according to a news release from the DNR.

The state grants cannot exceed $400,000 per project, which will range from maintenance or repairs to abandonment or removal of the dam, according to the release. Milwaukee County’s Estabrook Dam is among the dams on the list.

The dams were chosen by the state based on a priority ranking that includes the level of danger posed to people or property downstream. The amount of money the state spends on each dam will be determined after local officials submit detailed plans of projects.

The following is the list of dams, followed by the municipality or county that owns it, that will receive state money:

Estabrook Dam, Milwaukee County
Minong Flowage, Washburn County
Reservoir Dam, Oconto County
Lake Beulah Dam, Walworth County
Blackhawk/Kickapoo Dam, Crawford County
Musser Dam, Price County
Upper and Lower Camelot, Adams County
Independence Mill Dam, city of Independence (Trempealeau County)
Strum Dam/Crystal Lake Dam, village of Strum (Trempealeau County)
McDill Dam, village of Whiting (Portage County)
Bridge Street Dam, village of Grafton (Ozaukee County)
Ripon Dam (Gothic Mill Pond), city of Ripon (Fond Du Lac County)
Necedah Dam, village of Necedah (Juneau County)
Upper Beaver Dam, city of Beaver Dam (Dodge County)
Hustisford Dam, village of Hustisford (Dodge County)

— Adam Wise

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