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Oneida dam project threatens lakes, rivers PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

During the recent Oneida County Board elections, candidate Dennis Schoeneck of District 7, candidate Robb Jensen of District 11, candidate Lance Krolczyk of District 18 and candidate Ken Dirks of District 20 allegedly distributed campaign materials telling of a “Dam Plan” formulated at the county level by some supervisors.

The flyer asked Oneida County citizens to “Stop Their Dam Project.” This piece of campaign information was distributed to select homes in the county. The mailers were received only days before the April 1 election.

Mr. Krolczyk and Mr. Jensen were elected and now sit

on the Oneida County Board. I am asking the Oneida County Conservation Congress Board, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, silent sports groups, The Hodag Sports Club, Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association and other conservation minded groups, as well as the chambers of commerce in the county, to investigate the plan and get the details of this threat to our lakes and rivers.


I call on towns and cities in the county to determine the level of threat to the tax bases represented by the lakes and rivers and the dams incorporated into some of these water bodies. What will their removal mean to the tax base, not to mention recreational opportunities?

I call on citizens to approach their elected officials at every level to protect ours dams from the threat of removal posed by the Oneida County Board. Every elected official should be asked to gather the details of this threat to our dams.

Questions that need to be answered are:

1. What is contained in the “Dam Plan?”

2. Where and when did the “Dam Plan” originate?

3. Who originated the “Dam Plan?”

4. Why was the “Dam Plan” proposed?

5. What are the goals of the “Dam Plan?”

6. At what stage is the “Dam Plan?”

7. What is the Economic Impact of the “Dam Plan” to Oneida County?

All of these questions need to be carefully examined and firm answers found.

I call on citizens Dennis Schoeneck and Ken Dirks as well as Supervisor Jensen and Supervisor Krolczyk to present to the Oneida County Board of Supervisors and concerned citizens a full report on the answers to the questions raised by the flyer.

As is stated in the flyer the “Dam Plan” is “much more than water over the Dam.”

I could not agree more. That is why a full explanation of the plan is needed so that all the facts are revealed. A plan like this needs full exposure before it is too late.

Bob Mott

Oneida County supervisor

District 7

Pelican Lake

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:54 AM
Last Updated on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:42 AM


-5 #2 Frank Gabl 2014-05-14 07:48

You may be unaware that many of the groups you are asking to look into the dam removal project are in fact advocates of dam removal: “Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association and other conservation minded groups.”

And although most reasonable people agree that dams which have served their useful purpose “could” warrant removal, the main driver behind the zealotry to remove every dam in America is to return the land to its original state before Columbus (Pre-Columbian), no matter what effect it might have on humans - unless, of course, the removal affects the life of a zealot in a negative way.

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-6 #1 Frank Gabl 2014-05-14 07:46

Salmon win:

Environmentalis m gone wild:

Joint effort between river association and Trout Unlimited:

DNR grants:

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