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USGS Dam Removal Science Database v3.0


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Duda, J.J., Johnson, R.C., Wieferich, D.J., Wagner, E.J., and Bellmore, J.R., 2020, USGS Dam Removal Science Database v3.0 (ver. 3.0, January 2020): 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 214 citations that contain empirical monitoring information associated with 181 different dam removals across the United States and abroad. Data includes publications through 2016 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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The purpose of this dataset is to provide a publicly available database of dam removal literature and associated metadata, 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.


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  • National Fish Habitat Partnership
  • USGS Data Release Products



Revision 3.0 by Jeff Duda on January 7, 2020. To review the changes that were made, see the version history file in the attached files section.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P9IGEC9G

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