Re: NANFA-- NANFA question about removing dam

Bruce Stallsmith (
Mon, 08 Apr 2002 16:19:46 -0400

>Does anyone here can give me information on dam removal like what dam
>in the US has been removed and why? and how?
There is a definite trend in the U.S. to remove dams, especially smaller
ones, that have outlived any of their original usefulness. This is
especially true in New England, which has more old dams because American
industry largely started there in the early 1800s. The industries that once
benefitted from these dams (hydropower) have largely disappeared and the
dams themselves are often badly in need of repair. Between diminished
economic need and an increased appreciation for naturally flowing rivers,
dams are beginning to disappear. In general, dams have to be reviewed and
relicensed once every 25(?) years so there is opportunity to get rid of
them. I know that some dams in Maine have been decommissioned this way, in
the Penobscot and Kennebec drainages if I remember correctly, and others
will also probably soon go.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
where we still have too many dams!
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