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USGS Dam Removal Science Database


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Bellmore, J.R., Vittum,K.M., Duda, J.J., Greene, Samantha, 2015, USGS Dam Removal Science Database (ver. 1.3, July 2015): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This database is the result of an extensive literature search aimed at identifying documents relevant to the emerging field of dam removal science. In total the database contains 179 citations that contain empirical monitoring information associated with 130 different dam removals across the United States and abroad. Data includes publications through 2014 and supplemented with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Inventory of Dams database, U.S. Geological Survey National Water Information System and aerial photos to estimate locations when coordinates were not provided. Publications were located using the Web of Science, Google Scholar, and Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information.

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“USGS Dam Removal Database (ver. 1.3, July 2015)”
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“USGS Dam Removal Database (ver. 1.2, May 2015)”
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“USGS Dam Removal Database (ver. 1.1, April 2015)”
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“USGS Dam Removal Database (ver. 1.0, March 2015)”
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The purpose of this dataset is to provide a publicly available database of dam removal literature and associated meta-data, such as the character of removed dams, types of monitoring designs employed, and response metrics measured. The creation of this meta-knowledge database provides managers, stakeholders, and the public with the information necessary to help make informed decisions about dam decommissioning.


  • Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)
  • John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7K935KT

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