The Kinni lies in the northern part of the geologic region called the Driftless Area, 24,000 square miles of unglaciated land in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. This area is recognized nationally for an abundance of trout streams. That said, the Kinnickinnic River is uncommon amongst streams in this region. The Kinni is designated as an Outstanding Resource Water (OWR) by the DNR and is considered one of the most outstanding Class I Trout streams in the state.
How common are cold water streams are in this region?
River Ecology - learn more
- How do the dams impact the ecology of the river?
- How common are cold water streams are in this region?
- How does the uniqueness of the Kinni affect the value of restoring the river ecosystem?
- Don’t the dams now, and restored waterfalls with dams removed, prevent upstream fish passage?
- Is upstream movement of invasive species really an issue with dam removal?
- What are the negative impacts of our dams on the ecology of the river including fish, fowl, and other river/lake wildlife?
- Are there any positive impacts of our dams on river ecology?
- If you were to decide whether or not to remove the dams solely on environment impact, would you keep or remove OUR dams?
- Should we spend millions to clean up the Kinni only to see it later re-contaminated in 20-30 years?