Your Views: An idea to finally settle the Monterey Dam debate

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Friday, March 17, 2017

I’m not a Janesville native, having arrived here in 1968. Kathleen and I raised our five children in an atmosphere of serious and dedicated citizens. We have not been outspoken about city management, using the voting booth in selecting our choices for city administration.

A great deal of time and effort has been spent deciding what to do about the Monterey Dam. One opinion group says, “Destroy it,” and another group advocates, “Spend the money and rebuild.”

Certainly no on can dispute the beauty of the river as it flows quietly and cleanly from dam to dam, providing boating, fishing, strolling, picnic sites, etc. What isn’t known is: What will the riverbed look like without the dam, and what will it look like in five years? Will it be a weedy, stinky mud hole as some have predicted? Will it be two feet deep and 50 feet wide? No one knows.

In the interest of making the right decision, I propose the following: Currently the river is full, but when it returns to “normal” flowage, let’s open the dam of all obstructions for 30 or 60 days and see what it looks like. Yes, there will be some expense involved, but surely the cost will be less than with complete removal and in five years (realizing our mistake) replacing the dam.




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