Black River Falls dam reopens | 6.15.2012
After five years of studies, demolition and reconstruction the Black River Falls Dam reopened on Friday. The new, $9.5 million, hydroelectric dam replaces a dam that served the community for 100 years.
"Without it I think we would have a little void," Randy Eddy, Black River Falls City Council President said.
"It's a lot of boating and fishing on the impoundment," Ron Danielson, Black River Falls Mayor said.
For the community, the dam ribbon cutting ceremony symbolizes more than the completion of a project, it means the next generation of children will be able to make new memories.
Aside from entertainment, the hydroelectric dam also produces 12-percent of the city's energy.
"It's clean renewable energy we're not contributing to carbon emissions. We're not contributing to radio active waste. It's a renewable source that is on demand," Warren Hayden, Mead and Hunt Project Engineer of Record said.