Estabrook Dam

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The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted by a 15-1-1 vote to override vetoes County Executive Chris Abele made to spending items in the county budget for the coming fiscal year.

Abele wants to eliminate $750,000 allocated for a fish passage at Estabrook Dam, a structure some would like to see torn down, while others, including the Board’s chair, want to see restored.

Theodore Lipscomb said funding for dam repair has been in place since 2009. He added a last-minute amendment to the 2016 county budget to fund a fish passage.

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It's difficult to keep up with the status of the dam, but probably not for the citizens of Glendale. It's where the dilapidated 70-plus-year-old structure stands in the Milwaukee River. Tuesday night, Glendale held a public information session to bat around the issue yet again.

Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb says many people don’t realize the dam has restored the Milwaukee River upstream to its more natural state.

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People packed the Nicolet High School cafeteria Wednesday evening to consider three Estabrook Dam alternative plans - repair, remove or a hybrid.

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The Estabrook Dam has been a fixture on the river since the 1930s. Today, it is mired in debate.