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Lawsuit opposing removal of Monterey Dam dismissed

JANESVILLE, Wis. - The clients who contested the removal of the Monterey Dam in Janesville agreed to dismiss their case Tuesday, according to a news release. 

The city of Janesville began the $1.1 million project of removing the dam in July, overcoming an initial injunction by the Monterey Dam Association.

According to the city, the Janesville citizen clients and their attorney team have dropped their case against the Monterey Area River Restoration project as it continues to make progress. 

According to the city, demolishing the dam was more cost effective than maintaining it. With the Monterey area shoreline restored to its state before the dam's installation, scheduled improvements include canoe launches, new fishing habitat and a handicapped fishing area. 

Since the removal of the dam was announced in 2017, the city has received more than $500,000 in grant money, including a $150,000 Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Program grant that the city received last week

According to the city, the DNR will decide if the project will receive an additional $400,000 of further aid.  

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