EBC Dam Management Program: Dam Removal in the Northeast… Are You Doing It Right?


Date: October 18, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Bowditch & Dewey, LLP –

Dam removal in the northeast has progressed significantly over the past few years due to the growing awareness that many of the thousands of dams in the area are in unsafe condition and have no current purpose.  Changes in permitting, sediment management, and water controls have made dam removal more viable than ever.

This EBC Dam Management Program will explore current techniques and challenges to overcome for a successful dam removal project.

A robust question and answer panel discussion between presenters and attendees will take place following the presentations.

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 – Dam Management – Dam Removal in the Northeast


Program Chair:

  • Christopher D. Haker, P.E., Chair, EBC Dam Management Committee; Principal Engineer, Tighe & Bond

Speaker Agenda:

Common Challenges and Missteps in Dam Removal Practice

  • Kris Houle, Senior Ecological Restoration Engineer, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration
  • Nick Wildman, Ecological Restoration Specialist, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration

The Removal Decision: Making it, and Sticking With It’

  • Dan Buttrick, PE, Senior Engineer, Tighe & Bond

Upper Roberts Meadow Reservoir Dam Breach and Stream Restoration – Sediment Management Approach

  • Matt Taylor, Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

How “Doing It Right” Has Evolved

  • Chad Sumner, Managing Principal, SumCo EcoContracting

Attendee List

William Bartlett, Tighe & Bond, Staff Engineer
David DeCost, State of RI, Department of Environmental Mgmt., Engineer
Joseph Gould, Mass Fish and Game, Ecological Restoration Specialist
James Guarente, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Senior Project Manager
Chris Hirsch, Neponset River Watershed Association, Environmental Scientist
Everett Hosking, GNIKSOH, LLC, Vice President
Thomas Jenkins, PE, GZA, Vice President
Erika Klinkhammer, Pare Corporation, Environmental Scientist
Miranda Lepek, Princeton Hydro
Ryan Lizewski, VHB, Water Resource Engineer
Christopher Palmer, Weston & Sampson, Geotechnical Project Manager
Sarah Pierce, Pare Corporation, Environmental Scientist GIS Specialist
Carley Przystac, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, Ecological Restoration Engineer
Derek Schipper, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Senior Project Manager
Rick Scott, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Senior Engineer
Jacob Shactman, Wright-Pierce, Project Engineer
Chris Stockwell, SumCo Eco-Contracting, Chief of Project Development
Chad Sumner, SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC, Managing Principal
Jillian Thompson, RI Department of Environmental Mgmt., Engineer
Erika Towne, VHB, Water Resources Designer
Ashlee Tyce, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc, PBC Project Engineer/Scientist
Andrew Walker, Weston & Sampson, Project Engineer
Paul Woodworth, Princeton Hydro, Fluvial Geomorphologist

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The available presentations from the Dam Management Program Dam Removal in the Northeast… Are You Doing It Right? completed on October 18, 2019, can be viewed below.

Final Presentations – Dam Management Program Dam Removal in the Northeast… Are You Doing It Right?

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