Update on campaign to remove the Kinni dams

Recent Developments:

This fall, the City of River Falls agreed to engage the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) for their support of a dam removal project, via their Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Program. TheCOE project would involve removal of both dams and restoration of a one-mile reach of the Kinni.  n November 2022, the River Falls City Council voted to proceed with the initial COE feasibility study, at an estimated cost of $800,000. The COE will assume responsibility for the first $100,000 of the study, plus one-half of the remaining $700,000, leaving the City responsible for covering a $350,000 share.

To address some budgetary concerns that the City of River Falls communicated to stakeholders, Kinni Corridor Collaborative, Inc. (KinniCC), Trout Unlimited, and other community partners pledged a contribution of $175,000 (half of the City’s $350,000 share) to help fund the COE feasibility study.  To date, stakeholders working with KinniCC has raised $90,000 toward this goal, leaving a gap of $85,000 to fill by early 2023.

If you do not already know, the KinniCC is a community-led, non-profit (501(c)3) organization working with the City of River Falls and other stakeholders to implement the Kinnickinnic River Corridor Plan (KRCP), while preserving the river’s ecology and beauty.

As everyone knows, the Kinnickinnic River is a recreational treasure for our area, and we really need your help at this time to ensure the feasibility study proceeds by considering a generous donation. The KinniCC has set up a donation sight at Mighty Cause for this purpose. Thanks for your consideration.


Sponsors, Donors, and Partners

Platinum >$20K

Babcock RI Trust

Bye, Goff & Rohde Partners

Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter (WI)

Red Bottom Boat 2.0

Twin Cities TU Chapter (MN)

Wisconsin TU State Council

Gold >$5K-20K

Flygare, Tovah

Johnson, D. Kent

KinniCC Board of Directors

Mid-Missouri TU Chapter (MO)

Morrison, Sean

R4F Film Festival Team (2022)

River Sky Drones

TU Driftless Area Restoration

Silver >$1K – 5K

Benevity Fund

Blackhawk TU Chapter (WI)

Central WI TU Chapter (WI)

Coulee Region TU Chapter (WI)

D & C Brockway Charitable Fund

Elliott Donnelly TU Chapter (IL)

Frank Hornberg TU Chapter (WI)

Hanson, Amanda

Joyful Baseflow Fund

Lee Wulf TU Chapter (IL)

Marinette TU Chapter (WI)

Most, Betty

Peterson, Christina

Southeast WI TU Chapter (WI)

Southern WI TU Chapter (WI)

Vanden Bloomen, Dennis

Welter, John “Duke”

Wild River TU Chapter (WI)Wissota Hospitality/Country Inn

 Kinni Friends < $1K

Amazon Foundation (Smile)

Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop

Brilliant Impact

Chambers, Rob

Dahm, Peter & Linda

Falls Theatre

Fischbach, Lawrence & Candy

Garry, Clarke

Goff, Steve

Horvath, Gary

Hub 70

Network for Good

Ostrow, Winston

Potts, Jack

Prin, Tom

Ritzinger, Mark & Jean

River Falls School District

Topple, Ben

WIN-CRES Chapter TU (MN)

Collaboration Partners (These partners have provided a letter of support and/or technical assistance)

  • American Rivers
  • Ecological Restoration Institute /     CAFEs– UWRF
  • Express Pro Employment Services
  • Feuerhelm, Langer & Nelson, CPA
  • First National Bank – River Falls
  • Friends of the Kinni
  • Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks
  • Freshwater Collaborative (UW System)
  • Grow To Share
  • Hope 4 Creation
  • Illinois State Council TU
  • Inter-Fluve
  • Kinni Conditions Facebook Group
  • Kinnickinnic River Land Trust
  • Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission
  • Meyers Creative
  • MGI Consulting
  • MightyCause
  • North Woods & Waters of the St Croix Heritage Area
  • Photography By Wurm
  • River Alliance Wisconsin
  • River Falls Chamber of Commerce
  • River Falls – Neighbors For Intentional Growth
  • River Management Society – Midwest Chapter
  • St Croix Valley Community Foundation
  • The Prairie Enthusiasts – St Croix Valley Chapter
  • Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • United States Fish & Wildlife Service
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