7/15/2014 5:27:00 PM Mantorville Chamber
Chamber discusses removal of the
Attendance was larger than normal at last week's Chamber of Commerce meeting in Mantorville. Most members were there to voice their protest to the last item on the agenda; removing the dam from the Zumbro River in Mantorville. The proposal was made by Terry Eckstein, chamber president, but before he could complete his first sentence, he was cut off by a number of members who said "no" and stated "no way," before Eckstein could explain his plan. He had to raise his voice to regain control of the meeting, but after a few moments, things settled down and the proposal was presented.
Eckstein said his vision was to restore the river in Mantorville to its historic natural beauty, increase the number of game fish in the river, maintain or even increase the water level, make the river more navigable, eliminate the need to portage canoes and kayaks at the dam and return Goat Island to island status. He said the best way to accomplish this is to allow the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to replace the dam with a specially-
designed series of rapids in the river. Eckstein did not ask the members to support the proposal, but said he planned to share his vision with other community organizations prior to forming a committee to explore options for the river. He said that if the committee finds that his vision is unattainable, he would no longer pursue the proposal.