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Estabrook Dam: Should It Stay or Should It Go?


It’s safe to say Estabrook Dam – that spans the Milwaukee River where Glendale and Shorewood meet – is crumbling. It’s also safe to say the dam is a source of controversy. Milwaukee County is responsible for the structure and plans to repair it – while environmentalists continue to press that it be permanently dismantled.

Today at 2 PM, a Milwaukee County Circuit judge is due to take up a motion filed by Milwaukee Riverkeeper. It wants the court to declare Estabrook a public nuisance and to order the dam’s removal. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence reports

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Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.