Angelo Dam Project
Repowering the Angelo Dam
Western's Angelo Dam Project will fit the model being developed by the College that focuses on merged opportunity: sustainable and green projects that will serve as learning opportunities for students while simultaneously acting to reduce the College's own carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
The Angelo Dam is located on the La Crosse River adjacent to Western's Sparta Public Safety Training Center. It was built in 1854 to power a saw mill and then a flour mill. The original mechanical system was replaced in 1898 with hydro turbines and electric generators to power the street lights in Sparta. The facility was sold in the 1920s to Northern States Power Co. and new turbines installed that produced electricity until 1969, when Northern States abandoned the site and gave the property to Monroe County.
Check out the progress of the Angelo Dam project, streamed live as it happens!