Traditional Engineering Takes a Turn for the Future Decommissioning Dams and Restoring Ecological Integrity

by David Wegner,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: WRPMD'99: Preparing for the 21st Century


(No paper) This paper will address the emerging shift evaluating the true value of dams and the importance of including the costs of the initial construction and investments required for restoring the ecosystems once the useful life of the structure is reached. Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River and others will be used as case studies for this evaluation. A case will be made that restoration of rivers and decommissioning of dams can and should be regarded as a viable approach to reach the highest benefits for society for today and the future.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Dams | Rivers and streams | Decommissioning | Water resources | Historic preservation | Case studies | Colorado River

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