Develop Your Dam Removal Skills
American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to provide information about the different components of a dam removal project and help practitioners develop the skills and confidence necessary to undertake their own projects. Keep reading to learn which tools may be right for you.
Our newest resource is a series of videos modeled after a number of workshops we have delivered to state and federal agencies. The series includes a discussion on project scoping, surveying, planning, protecting infrastructure, sediment management, species protection, costs, and more. You can view the entire series on our Dam Removal Project Management training workshops video page.
Dams & Dam Removal 101: Basic information for those new to dam removal
- 10 Reasons Why Dams Damage Rivers
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Taking a Second Look: Communities and Dam Removal (video)
- Restoring America’s River: Preparing for the Future (video)
- The Ecology of Dam Removal
- Dam Removal Success Stories
Getting Started: Questions to consider, steps to take when first starting out
- Removing Small Dams: A Basic Guide for Project Managers [PDF]
- Exploring Dam Removal: A Decision-Making Guide
- Beyond Dams: Options & Alternatives
- General Steps for a Dam Removal [PDF]
- Initial Dam Reconnaissance [PDF]
- Considerations for Engineering Design [PDF]
- Dam Removal: A Citizen’s Guide to Restoring Rivers (River Alliance of Wisconsin) [PDF]
Regulatory Considerations: Information on state and federal regulations that may apply to dam removal
- Permitting Dam Removal: The State of (Several) States
- Dam Removal and Historic Preservation: Reconciling Dual Objectives
- Dam Safety: Protecting Communities and Ecosystems from Dam Failure
- Review of New Jersey Regulations Pertaining to Dam Removal & Stream Restoration [PDF]
You can search for additional dam removal information at the Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information, housed at the Water Resources Collections and Archives at the University of California Riverside. American Rivers chairs the steering committee and has also donated its catalogue of older scientific reports and studies to the collection.