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Lanesboro City Council


Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Concerns raised about damBy John TorgrimsonMonday, March 12, 2001

The historic Lanesboro dam was the topic of some concern at Monday’s Lanesboro City Council meeting.

The hydro-electric plant has not been able to generate electricity since flooding occurred last summer causing significant silting.

Council member Kevin Drake, who sits on the Public Utilities Commission, said that one estimate places the cost of removing silt at $56,000. In addition, he said, bids for new switching gear are around $30,000.

The hydro-dam produces approximately .2 megawatts of electricity per year and is used by Dairyland Power to generate extra electricity during peak periods. While the hydro-dam was operable prior to flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would not cover the cost of silt removal because the city could not document the build-up of silt over time.

Council member Hal Cropp said that he believes that the dam is vulnerable to outside pressure for its removal if it is not producing hydro-electricity.

Cropp said that he was contacted by a person from Trout Unlimited and told that the Bucksnort dam (Pilot Mound) and Lanesboro dam were being targeted by the group for removal. He said that conservation groups have been lobbying authorities in several states, including Minnesota, for removal of old dams

The recent removal of the Stewartville dam was cited as an example of dams being removed in the area.

The council tabled any action regarding the dam until there was a full council, as members Peggy Hanson and John Dollar were absent from the meeting.

The day after the council met, the Journal contacted Bob Bizek, Area Hydrologist for the DNR, about this issue. Bizek said that many of the dams in the area were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s to generate power or for milling.

“In many instances, the purpose these dams were built for is no longer valid,” he said. “So, when it is time to make repairs to these dams is the time to consider their removal.”

Bizek said that this is occurring in Wisconsin with some frequency. But he went on to say that there are “social concerns” to be considered as well.

“It would be hard to imagine Lanesboro without their dam,” he said.

Bizek went on to say that the decision to remove the dam at Stewartville was a community decision, not one imposed upon them by the DNR.

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