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Plans to replace the Rockford Dam raise resident concerns

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ROCKFORD (KWWL) -

Residents are still expressing concerns over plans to remove a failing dam on the Rockford river.

Floyd county will use grant money to help pay to remove the 141-year-old dam on the Shell Rock River. The Department of Natural Resources says the dam is in poor condition and is being undercut by the river. 

At a county board of supervisors meeting Monday night, some wanted to know why the county doesn't try to rebuild the Rockford Dam. 

Officials say there's no ecological reason to keep the dam and it will make the river a better habitat for fish. Water levels downstream from the current dam are expected to only change by a few inches. 

 

 

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