Future of Dams 1

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Jefferson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Catherine Ashcraft, Kelly Addy, Bridie McGreavy
Chairs: Catherine Ashcraft

Call for Submissions

For those wishing to participate in this session, please submit a copy of your abstract, specify whether you are interested in a paper or lightning paper presentation (information on session types available at http://annualmeeting.aag.org/session_types), and your presenter identification number (PIN) no later than October 24th to one of the following:

Catherine M. Ashcraft
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire

Bridie McGreavy
Department of Communication and Journalism
University of Maine

Kelly Addy
Department of Natural Resources Science
University of Rhode Island


Dams represent a literal and figurative nexus: a juxtaposition of infrastructure and freshwater ecosystems; an icon of technological innovation, economic prosperity, and industrial history; a source of clean energy, opportunity for recreation, and threat to biodiversity and cultural values. Dams are often a focal point for conflict between world views and a pathway for uniting communities to challenge injustice. While over 1100 dams have been removed in the United States, as dams approach or exceed their design life and as preferences for dams and watershed ecosystem services change, many dams are planned and under construction around the world. Given the diverse uses (e.g., hydropower, water supply, recreation) and consequences of dams (e.g. effects on aesthetics, place attachment and sense of place, nutrient flux, habitat availability, fish populations, waterfront property values, safety and liability risks associated with aging infrastructure, capabilities to participate in decisions), alternative decisions for individual dams or a network of dams have unique and emergent economic, technological, environmental, social, and political trade-offs.

We are organizing three sessions focusing on current research on dams, the trade-offs and dynamic behavior of dams in coupled social – ecological systems, and the ways in which knowledge about social-ecological systems and other knowledge are developed and used to shape decision-making about dams. These sessions aim to bring together diverse research focused on dams and will include ongoing research that is part of the Future of Dams Project (https://www.newenglandsustainabilityconsortium.org/dams; NSF Award #11A-133061, #11A-133041, #11A-1539071), a stakeholder engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research initiative focused on the future of decision-making about dams, as well as research from others focused on dams.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Alexandra Evans*, University of New Hampshire, Scott Greenwood, University of New Hampshire, Kevin Gardner, University of New Hampshire, Denise Burchsted, Keene State College, Using small unmanned aerial systems to evaluate downstream geomorphic impacts from dam removal 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Kimberly Meitzen*, Texas State University, Jessica Graham, Southeast Aquatic Resource Partnership, Kathleen Hoenke, Southeast Aquatic Resource Partnership, Stream Barrier Prioritization Analysis to Improve Aquatic Connectivity: A Pilot-Project in the Upper Guadalupe River, Texas 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Simone Chapman*, University of New Hampshire, Catherine M. Ashcraft, University of New Hampshire, Who wins and loses from “no net loss”?: Socioeconomic and participatory differences in compensatory mitigation 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Kevin Gardner*, University of New Hampshire, Cost analysis of migratory fish passage restoration projects funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Catherine Ashcraft University of New Hampshire 20 9:20 AM

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