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james.brozek@mu.edu

If the County of Milwaukee decides to remove the Estabrook Dam on the Milwaukee River, the property owners on that part of the river will have the navigable waters in front of their homes turned into a shallow rushing stream. For 70 years the water level has been part of the value of the homes and therefor those who purchased these homes paid a premium price. Realtor John Terry Mulcahy told Milwaukee County supervisors that lowering river levels could reduce assessed land values by up to 50%.

Do these home owners have any rights to recover the lost property value or are their canoes up a creek with no water.
  • April 09 2009 - US
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The owners may be able to press a claim almost like they might when the state claims eminent domain. You would need to contact a good attorney skilled in the field to find out what the property owner's rights would be. The best way to stop or stall projects like this are seeing is the homeowners can find an environmental reason to slow the project down for environmental impact studies. They can take years and make the cost of these projects prohibitive for the city to proceed. This approach would cost the individual homeowners zero.
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