Important Documents and Information
If you read these documents, you’ll agree that they represent an enormous amount of thought, effort, research, and dedication on the part of Friends of the Kinni volunteers and our partner stakeholders. Thank you!
Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Process:
The Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Process has been initiated by the City of River Falls! In their timeline, a decision is slated for the FALL of 2017 of whether to restore the Kinnickinnic River through dam removal or to maintain the hydroelectric facility and the dams.
The City of River Falls hired Inter-Fluve to conduct the Lake George and Lake Louise Sediment Assessment which they completed in March of 2016. Their final report shows that there is NOT TOXIC LEVELS of contaminants in the sediment of either impoundment. The sediment in the impoundments will have to be managed in the future in either a dam removal or a dam maintenance scenario, either way we will have to deal with the sediment, and now we know the sediment is not toxic and can be effectively managed.
The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI): Coldwater Fish and Fisheries Reportutilized temperature data from the Kinnickinnic River collected by the Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited to develop its conclusions regarding coldwater fish habitat conditions in the future following the impacts of climate change. They conclude that a major method for preserving coldwater fisheries should be through stream restoration and mitigation of outside sources of thermal pollution.
The WICCI: Coldwater Fish and Fisheries Report, with data from the Kinnickinnic River, contributed directly to the WICCI: Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation Report.
This document is a memo from the DNR that says that the discharge limits for the River Falls waste water treatment facility will use the cold water resource standards, not the warm water standards (see page 3, highlighted in the PDF). This is important, the DNR tells us, because it means that the City can discharge our treated waste water directly into the Kinni, even if Lake Louise did not exist. The City can operate our waste water treatment plant with its existing permit, and dam removal would not require permit amendments.
River Alliance of Wisconsin and American Rivers:
Useful documents from the River Alliance of Wisconsin and American Rivers. 50 dams have been removed in Wisconsin since 1990, including two dams removed from the nearby Willow River in St. Croix County.Willow River Dams Removed — a summary of the costs and benefits of removing two dams on the Willow River.
Dam Removal Success Stories — from around the US.
Thermal Study by US Army Corps of Engineers of Kinnickinnic River at River Falls, October 2003
Summary of Thermal and Hydrological Impacts of Kinnickinnic River Hydropower Impoundments
by Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited, 2014.
Priority Watershed Plan:
The Plan to control non-point source water pollution (like storm water runoff) in the Kinni Watershed. The Lake George Recovery Plan (see above) provides important new space for infiltration / retention of some downtown storm water.
City of River Falls & Utility Department:
Pre-Application Document — The City’s application for renewal of their dam license from FERC. Lots of background information about the dams, their operation, recreation, construction, and much more.
The City’s two sediment testing reports from 1989 and 1990 and, related to the sediment subject:
NRCS / EPA limits for the maximum heavy metals allowed in sludge that can be surface-applied to farm fields.
Letter from River Falls to FERC concerning the $2 million bluff stabilization that was ordered by FERC in 2004. This correspondence is public, on the FERC eLibrary website search page. Simply search for all types of documents between January and May 2010, using the Docket # P-10489. The letter of March 29, 2010 is marked public and you can view a .pdf of it by clicking on the link provided in the results.
Lake George Recovery Plan — This is the plan that the City adopted to restore Lake George and the Kinni.
Geese on Lake George, by Don Richards.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses the two dams on the Kinni. We will be posting documents about “Project P-10489” — the ‘docket’ for Junction Falls and Powell Falls dams.
Requests for studies
The City of River Falls and FERC have received formal comments and study requests from the following
(click links to view)
- Friends of the Kinni – Economic Analysis also Recreation, Tourism and Aesthetic Resource Analysis
- Kinnickinnic River Land Trust – Water Resources, Hydrology, Aquatic Communities, Plant Communities, Wildlife, Aesthetics
- Trout Unlimited (Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter) – Temperature Impacts, Hydrologic Impacts, Water and Sediment Quality Impacts, Biological Impacts, Implications for Stormwater Management
- River Alliance of Wisconsin – Decommissioning, Fishery, Mussels, Water Quality, Invasive Species, Wetland and Aquatic Plants
- Wisconsin Dept. Natural Resources – Operations/Flows/Water Levels, Water Quality, Water Resources, Fishery, Mussels, Invasive Species, Wildlife and Plants, Recreation, Erosion
- US Fish & Wildlife Service – Bathymetry, Sediment, Aquatic Habitat, Hydrology, Water Quality, Temperature Study, Fish and Mussel Survey.
- US National Park Service – Recreational Analysis
About our local dams:
|Name of Dam|| Junction Falls (River Falls, WI)
|| Powell Falls
(River Falls, WI)
| Willow Falls
| Mounds Dam
|Impoundment||Lake George||Lake Louise|
|Hydro capacity (kwh)|
|Ave River Flow (cfs)||95||95||90||90|
|Ave Temp Above||61°|
|Ave Temp Below||66°|
|# days > 66° (2012)||9||39|
|Staff Requirements||1 visit per day||1 visit per week|
|Repair Costs (recent past)|
|Repair Costs (future)|
|Wastewater Discharge (cfs)||~ 1.2 cfs|
|Year Removed||still standing||still standing||1992||1998|
|Cost to Remove||TBD||TBD||$450,000||$170,000|
Information in this chart is from:
- City of River Falls
- River Falls Utility Dept
- KiAp-TU Wish
- Wis DNR
- American Rivers
- Wisconsin River Alliance