Beaver Dam Asking DNR To Change Water Volume Through Dam

(Beaver Dam) There may be changes coming to the volume of water flowing through the dam on Beaver Dam Lake. The city’s Operations Committee began the process Monday night by authorizing officials to work with the state Department of Natural Resources to reopen and amend what is called the “water level order.” City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz says the change would not affect the lake levels. Instead it would alter the timing of the annual winter draw down and allow for higher flows through the dam in the summer months. Piltz says the increased flow would help prevent incidents like the one that occurred last summer when there was a large-scale fish kill below the dam’s floodgate. If approved by the DNR, Piltz says the water level order changes would bring Beaver Dam inline with other waterfront communities in the state.