AFS Continuing Education
ROOM: RSCC, A16
Over the past 100 years, the United States has led the world in dam building – blocking and harnessing rivers for a variety of purposes, including hydropower, irrigation, flood control, and water storage. While dams can benefit society, there are also reasons to consider dam removal, from the impact of dams on riverine & floodplain function to regulatory influences and engineering considerations. Momentum is building to remove more dams, and to find the best ways to take them down and restore the rivers they impounded. This one-day course will examine the engineering, hydrology & hydraulics, fluvial geomorphic, ecological restoration, construction, permitting, funding, and other considerations when removing a dam. Highly experienced instructors, involved in the removal of hundreds of small and large dams nationwide, will describe the removal techniques and lessons learned. Numerous case studies, from small mill dam removals on the east coast to large hydroelectric dam decommissionings on the west coast will be discussed and used to demonstrate the solutions found.