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    Author(s): Gordon E. GrantSarah L. Lewis
    Date: 2015
    Source: Switzerland: Springer International Publishing Switzerland: 31-35.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    Important goals for studying dam removal are to learn how rivers respond to large and rapid introductions of sediment, and to develop predictive models to guide future dam removals. Achieving these goals requires organizing case histories systematically so that underlying physical mechanisms determining rates and styles of sediment erosion, transport, and deposition are revealed. We examine a range of dam removals predominantly in the western US over the last decade, and extract useful lessons and trends that can be used to predict the response of rivers to future removals.

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    Grant, Gordon E.; Lewis, Sarah L. 2015. The remains of the dam: what have we learned from 15 years of US dam removals? In: Lollino, G.; Arattano, M.; Rinaldi, M. [and others]. eds. Engineering geology for society and territory: river basins, reservoir sedimentation and water resources. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing Switzerland: 31-35.


    Dam removal, sediment, transport, erosion, deposition reservoir.

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