MOSINEE, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau Paper will be lowering the height of the Wisconsin River starting next week in order to do some repairs to the Mosinee dam.
The company will begin drawing down the level of the Wisconsin River above the Mosinee dam at a rate of one inch per hour for 36 hours. Company spokesman Perry Grueber says they need that three feet of room in order to allow for repairs to the passive flashboard system on the dam. “It's a process that shouldn't take more than a whole week to complete.”
The repairs are needed to help lessen the impact of flooding after the spring meltwater comes through. Greuber says the river already goes through similar changes. “It's so we can have better regulated high water events.” The water on the river will drop three feet during this time, so boaters should be aware of possible exposed stumps and other river objects while the river is lowered.
Work on the dam should be done by the middle of next week, with the water restored to regular levels by the 28th.