Matt Taylor, P.E. was the Program Chair for the March 4th Environmental Business Council (EBC) New England, Inc. Dam Management Program: New Perspectives in Dam Removal, Sediment Management & Stream Restoration that was held at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A. in Woburn, MA. Chad Cox, P.E. spoke about the Emergency Dam Removal at Forge Pond Dam.
The evolution of the dam removal projects in Massachusetts is changing every day. Changes in regulatory requirements, possible funding sources, and the construction approaches are constantly being tweaked and updated. It seems that dam removal practitioners are responding to the lessons learned from each dam that is removed. This talk is an update of some of those developments in the current dam removal landscape. The topics that will be covered will include the new regulatory attitudes on sediment management, the available funding and grant sources for dam removal, a contractor’s perspective on dam removal costs and water control options, and a case study of an emergency dam removal project in Massachusetts.