Three dangerous dams on the West Fork River need to be removed to benefit river ecology and to provide habitat connectivity for freshwater mussels and their fish-host species.
Lisa facilitates partnerships to restore the form and function of rivers through dam removal.
Lisa joined American Rivers in 2008 to work with communities, individuals, government, and other non-profit organizations to facilitate the removal of old dams that have outlived their useful life.
Lisa is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and brings nearly three decades of experience in community and regional planning, environmental and resource protection planning, water resource management, project management, community economic revitalization, geology, and hydrogeology to her position.
She was the executive producer of “Chattahoochee River: Muddied Waters, Clear Solutions,” an award-winning documentary film highlighting the the Chattahoochee River’s water quality challenges and opportunities. She was involved in the development of Georgia’s river basin management planning program, the development of basin-specific best management practice standards for erosion and sedimentation control, and the formulation and implementation of regional and local plans for protected river corridors, water supply watersheds, groundwater recharge areas, and other environmentally sensitive areas. Lisa is also a former staff member of the Georgia Floodplain Management Program.
Lisa is a professional storyteller and believes that the art of storytelling is an integral component of team-building, community eduction, public involvement, and all phases of project implementation.
B.S. in Geology from the State University of West Georgia, graduate study in Hydrogeology at Georgia State University, and Storytelling Master Classes at John Campbell Folk School and East Tennessee State UniversityNine Mile Run
Blog Posts By This Author
Since we posted the original blog (A Tale of Two Dams, found in its entirety below), some great things have happened. First, we successfully completed the dam removals in early September, 2014. The photos below show a comparison of Conewango Creek befo… Read more »
UPDATED 8/27/2014 – Construction videos added Hospital Dam is a concrete-capped, rock-filled timber crib dam constructed around 1900 for water supply, and partially breached in a flood in the early 1960’s Originating near South Dayton in Cataragus Coun… Read more »
Demolition of the concrete core inside the earthen dam | Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy During the month of June, American Rivers removed the Commodore Dam on Hinty Run (a headwaters tributary of the Conemaugh River) in Indiana County, PA, bringing the tota… Read more »
This blog is a part of our series this month on River Restoration Challenges. River restoration projects are multi-stage projects, including project design, permitting, construction, and monitoring. Projects can also contain multiple components, such a… Read more »
Conoquenessing Creek as it appeared in 2010 after the dam removal and stream restoration project was completed | © Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy Recently, one of American Rivers’ blog readers responded to a previous post about how dams are remov… Read more »
The 2013 dam removal construction season is off to a great start here in Western Pennsylvania. American Rivers is undertaking several dam removal projects that will reconnect habitat and provide fish passage, as well as to improve river safety and recr… Read more »
This is a guest blog from Tim Beatley. Tim is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Biophilic Cities Project. Belle Isle, James River, VA | © Tim Beatley There are few natural features… Read more »
How has the Clean Water Act impacted your life? For those of us who were born before the Clean Water Act was passed into law in 1972, we interpret this law through the eyes of the Baby Boomers Generation. Monongahela River, WV | Jeffrey Turner I rememb… Read more »
This video clip shows a portion of the removal process for the Harmony Junction Dam on Connoquenessing Creek north of Pittsburgh, removed in 2009 to provide fish passage, increase boating access, to eliminate a public safety hazard, and minimize floodi… Read more »