MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has debated what to do with the controversial Estabrook Dam for too long. The dam remains an expensive environmental hazard.
For years, there has been a consensus among the Milwaukee community that the dam should be removed.
According to Milwaukee Riverkeeper, a non-profit focused on our community’s rivers, removing the dam is the “best decision for the health of the Milwaukee River and ALL Milwaukee County Residents”.
Removal of the Dam is supported by County Executive Chris Abele, the Milwaukee Common Council, the Shorewood Village Board, the Milwaukee Metropolitan sewerage district’s commission, and several members of the Milwaukee County Board including Sheldon Wasserman (District 3), David Sartori (District 8), Dan Sebring (District 11), Tony Staskunas (District 17) and Deanna Alexander (District 18).
The main opposition to removing the dam is County Board Chair Theo Lipscomb, who hopes to keep the dam and restore an artificial pond around Silver Spring Drive, which would benefit a handful of his Glendale constituents – at the expense of the vast majority of our community. Several other members of the County Board remain undecided on the issue.
The County Board should take direct action to remove the dam – now. Milwaukee Works, Inc. encourages citizens to contact their county board supervisor at 414-278-4222, and tell them to vote to REMOVE the Estabrook Dam.