Kinni River Corridor Project

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The Lower Kinni is currently a Class I trout stream. However, there are several factors that threaten the long-term health of the ecosystem, including the dams. Removal of the dams will change the lower Kinni – for example – by reducing the temperatures in the lower reaches of the river and contributing to the long-term viability of the resource. Assuming that the only issue under consideration is the long-term health of the river, then dam removal would make sense. That said, other threats including climate change, agricultural runoff, loss of ground water influences above I-94, and urban stormwater are also significant factors to be considered.