The end may be in sight - - and it's about dam time - - for the environmental, structural and fiscal mess known as the Estabrook Dam, the Journal Sentinel reports:
A trio of top municipal officials announced plans on Monday to tear down the Estabrook Park dam and end a longstanding dispute over whether to demolish or renovate the aging structure.
The strategy calls for an end-run around the Milwaukee County Board by turning the property in Estabrook Park over to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. The district would then tear down the dam next year and restore a section of the Milwaukee River as a free-flowing stream.
The cooperative agreement was detailed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Kevin Shafer, executive director of the sewerage district, who said their solution would reduce the risk of flooding and save taxpayers millions of dollars.