EBC Connecticut Dam Management Program: Sediment Assessment / Management for Dam Removals in Connecticut and Suggestions for Standardization


Date: February 21, 2020


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England

Numerous dams have been removed throughout Connecticut.  With this growing body of experience in dam removal many lessons have been learned.  However, Connecticut currently does not have dam removal specific guidelines in place that would help to standardize the regulatory requirements for dam removal projects; most notably regarding sediment assessment and management.

This EBC Connecticut Dam Management Program will focus on the sediment sampling, analysis, regulatory, and management processes and decisions made by firms that have removed one or more dams in Connecticut.  Our hope is to compare similarity and differences between the approaches taken and the regulatory requirements enforced.  We are hopeful that patterns can be determined that can help document current practices approved by the Connecticut regulatory authorities.  In addition, current state and federal guidance on sediment assessment and management that has been utilized in surrounding states will be discussed.

The program will conclude with a panel discussion to promote further exploration into what the experience of our speakers and others has been regarding sediment investigation, analysis and management of sediments for dam removal projects, and start discussing recommendations for Connecticut state guidelines.

By the end of the program we would like to determine which experienced firms and project partners would be interested in teaming together to develop suggestions for standardized sediment guidelines in Connecticut for dam removal, perhaps based on the already developed Federal or Massachusetts guidelines.  These recommendations would then be shared with representatives of the CT DEEP, to assist them with any future development of guidelines on the topic.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Final Agenda – Sediment Assessment & Management for Dam Removals in Connecticut


Program Chair and Moderator:

  • Laura Wildman, P.E., Director, New England Regional Office, Princeton Hydro, LLC

Speaker Agenda:

Examples of Existing Federal & State Guidelines for Sediment Investigation & Management for Dam Removal

  • Laura Wildman, P.E., Director, New England Regional Office, Princeton Hydro, LLC

Dam Removal Case Studies: Sediment Assessment & Management

  • Josh Wilson, P.E., Ecological Restoration Lead, Fuss & O’Neil

 Dam Removal Case Studies: Sediment Assessment & Management

  • Michael Chelminski, P.E., Principal, Stantec

Dam Removal Case Studies: Sediment Assessment & Management

  • Paul Woodworth, Fluvial Geomorphologist, Princeton Hydro, LLC

Panel Moderator:

  • Amy Singler, Director, River Restoration, American Rivers and The Nature Conservancy

Attendee List

Stephen Andrzejewski Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. Project Manager
Thomas Battles HRP Associates, Inc. Engineering Practice Leader
Matt Bellisle Pare Corporation Senior Vice President
Daniel Buttrick Tighe & Bond Senior Engineer
Jackie Caceci Tighe & Bond, Inc. Project Manager
John Gregoire Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Program Manager, Reservoir Operations
Nicholas Hastings Woodard & Curran, Inc. Senior Principal
Bill Heiple Stantec Associate
Chris Holden City of Middletown Deputy Director
Gareth Hougham Hudson Valley Arts and Science President
Thomas Jenkins GZA Vice President
Chris Jorgensen Woodard and Curran Geologist
Shawn King Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. Project Engineer
Darin Lemire HRP Associates, Inc. Senior Project Manager
Suzette Lopane Westchester County Department of Planning Principal Planner (Urban Design)
Lawrence Marcik South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority Capital Program Lead
William McGloin Special Breaks LLC Managing Member
Keith Mikolinski Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. Project Manager
Timothy Myjak BL Companies Sr. Project Manager
Jason Perry Tighe & Bond Senior Environmental Scientist
Jon Petrillo Gravity Renewables, Inc. Dir. of Reg. Business Development
Cody Savoy
Steven Sroka Tighe & Bond Senior Engineer
Chris Stockwell SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC Chief of Project Development
Chad Sumner SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC Managing Principal
Raju Vasamsetti Weston & Sampson Project Manager
Paul Woodell GEODesign, Inc. Associate
Anthony zemba Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. Senior Ecologist

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The available presentations from the EBC Connecticut Dam Management Program completed on February 21, 2020, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Connecticut Dam Management Program

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