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Small Dam Removal

Overview

Funding of Oregon dam removal restoration projects falls within the top 10 areas of OWEB restoration investments. Brownsville Dam on the Calapooia River, Marmot Dam on the Sandy River, Chiloquin Dam on the Sprague River, Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River, and Sodom Dam on the Calapooia River have all been removed in the past ten years (updated 2016). These removals have placed Oregon in a position to support the evaluation of small dam removal projects. The Board therefore prioritized funding of effectiveness monitoring to document while improving the ability to predict ecosystem response of future dam removals.

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Removal Guide

OWEB is pleased to announce the availability of this handy guide for people managing the removal of small dams in their watersheds. Author Denise Hoffert-Hay shares valuable insights and useful permitting information based on her experience managing the 2007 removal of the Brownsville Dam in the Willamette Basin's Calapooia Watershed.

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