River Restoration Webinar

Serena McClain, Director of River Restoration

Navigating State Regulatory Arenas: Differing Approaches for Permitting River Restoration

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
2:00pm – 3:00pm (Eastern)

Brought to you by a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Description: Over the past 100 years or so, more than 1,100 dams have been removed from rivers across the U.S. The story of these dams varies from failure of dilapidated, abandoned dams that were later cleared out of rivers to tiny three-foot weirs to a 1,200-foot long earthen behemoth. While some of these were removed before modern environmental laws even existed, the majority of these structures have been removed in the last fourteen years. Methods of removal vary almost as much as the size and type of dam removed, ranging from dams that were removed by hand in ecologically sensitive areas to dynamite to full-scale water diversions.

This discussion will look at the reasons for this variability, focusing on the affect the regulatory environment can have on project implementation. To do this, we will examine state and federal regulatory environments and the common challenges faced when trying to get a restoration project permitted (while examples will focus on dam removal, both issues and advice apply to a broader category of river restoration). We will also examine what works and the states where regulatory agencies have developed tools and/or practices that foster successful restoration projects. The discussion will end with the top five tips for improving your state’s regulatory process.

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If you have problems registering for this event, please contact Marilyn Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or call 304-876-7940