Thank you to our Member Company, Foley Hoag LLP, for hosting this program at their facility.
According to an Army Corps of Engineers inventory, there are more than 78,000 dams in the US. Many supply energy through hydropower or serve as drinking water reservoirs. Others provide recreational opportunities or perform other important functions. However, numerous other dams were built decades ago and have deteriorated due to age, erosion, poor maintenance, flood damage, or poor designs. In many cases, the owners of these dams cannot justify the cost of proper maintenance. For those dams that no longer make sense, removal can be a viable option.
NOAA and other federal and state agencies can partner with dam owners by providing financial assistance to dam owners to help defray the cost of removal or by providing technical or regulatory advice. This meeting will provide an overview of dam removal in New England, explaining it’s economic and ecological benefits as well as its issues and obstacles. We?ll hear about federal grant opportunities for dam removal projects and will learn about the projects currently on the drawing board.
Please join us as we discuss this important topic with representatives of NOAA and the state environmental agencies from throughout New England.
This program is the third in the series of three EBC programs on dam management in New England. The first program (May 27, 2009) addressed dam safety and risks, enforcements actions, and lessons learned. The second program (June 25, 2009) focused on Hydro Power in New England.
7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Program