Free Courses in Pittsburgh: How to Manage a Dam Removal Project (November 9th) and Natural Flood Management (November 10th)

American Rivers is holding two free training events in Pittsburgh this November. 

On November 9th, learn how to manage a dam removal project! This course will empower you to successfully lead a dam removal project in Pennsylvania. The removal of dams and other stream barriers is a practical way to meet heightened dam safety requirements and eliminate public safety hazards, while restoring rivers, improving water quality, and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat.

Topics will include:

  • How to identify potential projects
  • Determining project complexity
  • Addressing social concerns
  • Strategies for financing projects
  • How to develop a scope of work
  • Navigating the permitting process
  • Troubleshooting
  • And more!

On November 10th, learn about natural, non-structural approaches to flood management! The goal of this course is to train flood management partners throughout Western Pennsylvania, a region known for repetitive flood damages. Learn about new techniques and options to help lessen flood risks and impacts, while also restoring and protecting rivers and floodplains.

Topics include:

  • Why traditional flood management approaches aren’t working
  • Techniques for natural flood management
  • How floodplains function
  • Watershed approaches to flood management
  • Using policy and planning to facilitate natural flood management
  • Pennsylvania’s new floodplain policies
  • And more!

Your instructors include state, regional, and national experts in the fields of dam removal and natural flood management. They’ll share their knowledge and experience, and provide real-world examples to help you succeed in your efforts. Course materials will be an excellent future reference.

Registration is limited to 50 per day.  Both courses are free-of-charge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Funded by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Colcom Foundation. Special thanks to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Southwest Regional Office.

To Register for One or Both Course, or Obtain a Course Agenda, contact:
Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, American Rivers,, Subject: “Pittsburgh Workshops.”



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