Dam Removal as Community Engagement from New England to Wisconsin

Authors: Caroline Gottschalk Druschke*, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emma Lundberg, University of Rhode Island, David Lawrence Weinberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Communication, Animal Geographies
Keywords: dams, dam removal, actor network theory, engagement, fish, trout
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Grand Chenier, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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This presentation builds from our ethnographic, qualitative, textual, and biological research in Rhode Island and Wisconsin to highlight a series of dam removal case studies from each state. Focusing on the various ways each project engaged—or failed to engage—various public constituents in dam decision making and (re-)imagine how human and other-than-human public constituents relate with rivers and river restoration, we draw conclusions about the possibilities for dam removal discussions to serve as points of either identification or division for local residents. Of particular interest in our presentation are the consequences for environmental and social justice of each project and the cultivation—or lack thereof—of multispecies relationships.

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