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GLIN==> Dam Removal Workshop

Posted on behalf of Irene Miles <miles@uiuc.edu>

Consider Dam Removal at Upcoming Workshop

Many dams built in the Midwest during the late 1800s and early 1900s have
slowly breaking down over time and are now in need of repair. At a hands-on
workshop on April 18, at Purdue Calumet, in Hammond, Indiana, the focus will
be on dam removal as a good alternative to reconstruction.

"Dams need constant maintenance and repair," said Leslie Dorworth,
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant aquatic ecology specialist, "and the risk of loss
of life to those living near a dam or using the waters for recreational
activities, reinforces the importance of keeping them safe."

This workshop will highlight various issues concerning dam modification and
dam removal in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Information will be provided
on how to modify the existing dam or effectively implement a dam removal by
obtaining local community support, obtaining necessary permits, securing
funding and providing for long-term maintenance and monitoring.

"In addition to saving on the high cost of reconstruction, a dam removal can
also provide environmental benefits such as improving water clarity and
reconnecting seasonal fish habitat," added Dorworth.

The workshop, sponsored by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Purdue University
Calumet and Chicago Wilderness, will provide critical information for
natural resource managers, environmental consultants, park department staff,
landscape architects, consulting engineers, city planners, public work
directors and municipal engineers to assess local needs.

Experts from a range of fields and a variety of perspectives will share
their knowledge over the course of the day's presentations. An Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency representative will provide details and
answer questions in terms of the law, regarding dams and dam removal.
Private consultants, government agency representatives and academic
researchers will present biological, socioeconomic and civil engineering inf
ormation on the effects of dam removal. And, representatives from Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources will present both an urban and rural
perspective of dam removal and modifications.

If you would like to register for the workshop, which will be held at The
Center at Purdue University Calumet, contact Dorworth at Purdue University
Calumet at (219) 989-2726. The cost is $85. To register by mail, send a
check to Purdue University Calumet. The address is Office of the Business
Administrator, Purdue University Calumet, 2300 173rd Street, Hammond,
Indiana 46323.  Please include contact information.

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