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A Guide to Removal of Small Dams

D. Allen Hughes, PE

This course is based on the publication “Removal of Small Dams in Oregon, A Guide for Project Managers” It is used with permission of the author, Denise Hoffert, who authored the publication for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. This course will introduce you to the principles and practices of small dam removal. It is estimated by FEMA that there are over 75,000 dams in the United States. Most of those are small dams and many of them are approaching or have exceeded their design life. As dams constructed in the “Heydays” of dam construction during the 1950’s and 60’s reach their expected end of design lives, removal of small dams will become a growing issue. While the life of a dam can be extended with proper inspection and maintenance, they will eventually reach the end of their useful lives and become candidates for removal. “Removal of Small Dams in Oregon, A Guide for Project Managers” contains information specific to Oregon policies and regulations. However, the general concepts can be applied to small dam removal in other parts of the US and Canada. This document should not be relied on as a substitute for regulatory requirements for any state or province. If a discrepancy is found between this document and a state or federal regulation, then the regulations should be referred to.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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