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This ScienceBase Item provides documentation and access to a dynamic query of the Spatial Feature Registry for dam removals that have been associated with a literature source describing the dam removal project and associated scientific studies. The Spatial Feature Registry is a dynamic collection in ScienceBase of geospatial features of importance as long-term, persistently identified items. Dam removal items in the Spatial Feature Registry provide part of the foundation for the National Dam Removal Science Database, a distributed data system with information on the science of dam removal and the basis for the Dam Removal Information Portal. Dam removals in this collection have been quality controlled to the hydrographic...
Note: For the latest version of the American Rivers Dam Removal Database see https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5234068. This is a dynamic collection of dam removals shared with the USGS from American Rivers as part of a collaboration on the USGS National Dam Removal Science Database and the Dam Removal Information Portal. The query, provided by the included ScienceBase web link, retrieves dam removals from the Spatial Feature Registry, a resource of items that have been verified for spatial accuracy. The USGS receives periodic updates on American Rivers dam removal records and runs the records through a quality control process to align them with our system and enter them into the Spatial Feature Registry. Items...
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Aging infrastructure coupled with growing interest in river restoration has driven a dramatic increase in the practice of dam removal. With this increase, there has been a proliferation of studies that assess the physical and ecological responses of rivers to these removals. As more dams are considered for removal, scientific information from these dam‐removal studies will increasingly be called upon to inform decisions about whether, and how best, to bring down dams. This raises a critical question: what is the current state of dam‐removal science in the United States? To explore the status, trends, and characteristics of dam‐removal research in the U.S., we searched the scientific literature and extracted basic...
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The Dam Removal Information Portal (DRIP) is an online representation and visualization tool for the USGS Dam Removal Science Database, inspired by Bellmore et al. 2015 and now developed as a live data system in ScienceBase as part of the Biogeographic Information System. DRIP provides a map-based visualization of information of dam removals and associated scientific studies. The database was developed in cooperation with the NGO, American Rivers, who also provides data on other dam removals that lack associated scientific studies. The original software for the online DRIP application was developed in cooperation with AppGeo. Basic information about the dam’s location, size, date built and date removed are provided...
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The removal of dams has increased in recent years due to aging infrastructure, changing societal needs, and modern safety standards. Where possibilities for river restoration, or improved safety, exceed the benefits of retaining a dam, removal is more often being considered a viable option. Yet, as this is a relatively new development in the history of river management, science is just beginning to guide our understanding of the physical and ecological implications of dam removal. Ultimately, however, deciding if and how to remove aging dams should be guided by “lessons learned” from previous studies that have examined the ecosystem effects of dam removal. We are creating a dynamic database that organizes published...
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The removal of dams has recently increased over historical levels due to aging infrastructure, changing societal needs, and modern safety standards rendering some dams obsolete. Where possibilities for river restoration, or improved safety, exceed the benefits of retaining a dam, removal is more often being considered as a viable option. Yet, as this is a relatively new development in the history of river management, science is just beginning to guide our understanding of the physical and ecological implications of dam removal. Ultimately, the “lessons learned” from previous scientific studies on the outcomes dam removal could inform future scientific understanding of ecosystem outcomes, as well as aid in decision-making...
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***This data product has been SUPERSEDED by Duda, J.J., Johnson, R.C., Wieferich, D.J., Wagner, W.J., and Bellmore, J.R., 2020, USGS Dam Removal Science Database v3.0 (ver. 3.0, January 2020): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9IGEC9G.​***