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Dam on the Milwaukee River a Treasure to Many

Land preservation runs deep in the psyche of the Badger State, from Aldo Leopold to Gaylord Nelson.

Just north of Milwaukee, Ozaukee County is home to nearly 40 preserved parcels, but a group of volunteers fear these treasures remain “hidden” even to people who live nearby.

The Mequon-Thiensville Dam, one of the "Treasures of Oz."

So tomorrow’s annual celebration – The 3rd annual 'Treasures of Oz' – is designed to entice visitors to eight of the county’s more watery gems.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence set out to learn about one of them – the Mequon-Thiensville Dam, where she discovers, there’s more than “tumbling water” going on.

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.