TCTU President Bob Luck recently sent out the following note to donors who have contributed to Free the Kinni
There have been some important recent developments in our effort to Free the Kinni that I would like to share with you. To date, TCTU and KIAP-TU-WISH members have donated $26,000 against a goal of $30,000. Total donor commitments as of now exceed $280,000. Thank you!
Recently, the City of River Falls (CRF) received an offer from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to take over the removal of both the Powell Dam and the (upper) Junction Falls Dam, and to conduct a full ecological restoration of the river in the area affected by the dams.
The original plan was to conduct the following work in the winter and early spring of 2022/23:
Involvement by ACOE would have the following benefits:
The CRF City Council will be meeting in late September or October to discuss and vote on ACOE’s proposal. I plan to attend the meeting, together with other leaders from TU and KinniCC. We will share more information with you on the dates, and how you can attend via Zoom or in person.
CRF recently asked KinniCC if it would consider providing financial support for the feasibility study. Although our fundraising objective was targeted at hands-on work in the Powell corridor, we may agree to provide some support for the study if it allows us to have a stronger voice in the Kinni restoration process.
The restoration project has some similarities to the Kinni—it has plenty of twists and turns, along with some surprises! Overall, I am positive about this development for the future of the Kinni, and I appreciate your support. If you do have questions or thoughts, please feel free to reach out to me.