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EBC Dam Management Program: Up and Over, Around and Through – Dam Management’s Role in Fish Passage & Stream Restoration

April 28, 2015 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Plimoth Plantation Patuxet Room
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth MA 02360

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Fish passage and river restoration are primary drivers of the rapidly-accelerating dam removal / modification paradigm sweeping New England and the nation.  Dam removal projects produce a host of benefits—hazard mitigation, flood reduction, water quality improvements, and sediment transport among them—but the goal of restoring fish habitat is unique in galvanizing the support (and associated funding) of numerous government, non-profit, corporate and volunteer stakeholders.  Whether it’s Shad, Herring, and Eel in the Wood-Pawcatuck River; Atlantic Salmon in the Penobscot River; Brook Trout in the Eel River; or River Herring in Town Brook, support and funding follow the fish.

Herring Run

From the vantage of river restoration, dam removal is the preferred alternative for fish passage, restoring the river to a natural state and permanently eliminating associated hazards and maintenance costs.  When dam removal is not possible or preferred due to other interests and constraints, a number of solutions have been implemented to get fish up and over, around and through.

This EBC Dam Management program will:

  • Describe the factors impacting selection of a site-specific fish passage strategy.
  • Present examples of several fish passage solutions and what led to their selection.
  • Conclude with lunch overlooking a fish passage in full swim, the annual Herring run in Town Brook!

This is a joint program of the EBC and the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership.

Program Chair

  • Chad Sumner, Principal, SumCo Eco-Contracting


  • Chad Cox, P.E., Civil Engineer / Principal, GZA Geoenvironmental, Inc.
  • Laura Rose Day, Executive Director, Penobscot River Restoration Trust
  • Christopher Haker, P.E., Principal Engineer, Tighe & Bond
  • Eric Hutchins, Fisheries Biologist, NOAA Restoration Center
  • Bjorn Lake, Ph.D., P.E., Engineering Team Leader, Department of Ecological Services, Kleinschmidt Associates
  • Beth Lambert, Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program Manager, MA Dept of Fish & Game, Division of Ecological Restoration
  • Nick Nelson, Fluvial Geomorphologist, Inter-Fluve, Inc.
  • Nils Wiberg, P.E., CFM, Associate, Fuss & O’Neill
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