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Dam Removal: Design, Planning, and Implementation


Course Code: EW0404WA21

Orange construction vehicle working on dam removal in river
Photo credit: RiverLogic Solutions

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Date & Time

June 9-10, 2021
8:30am - 12:30pm EDT (Log in time: 8:00am EDT)


There has been significant media coverage of dam failures and a recognition that removal of dams that no longer provide their intended purpose provide a significant opportunity to restore riverine ecosystems and add resilience to these natural systems. Therefore, there has been every growing acceptance of decommissioning and removal of these structures. But, it is more than simply removing the dam; it is about protecting infrastructure, mitigating sediment discharges and damage, understanding riverine processes, ecosystem function, and hydraulics, and addressing stakeholder and cultural concerns, among other considerations. This introductory, technical course will run through all that is necessary to progress such a design.

In this two-session online course, the technical aspects of dam removal will be presented, including the investigations and design of projects that both deregulate the dam and provide ecological uplift.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Dam demolition techniques
  • Hydraulic and sediment transport modeling
  • Developing conceptual models of the resulting impoundment
  • Sediment management
  • Fish passage
  • Ecosystem restoration of the former lakebed
Meet Your Instructors
Geoffrey Goll, Dam Removal Course Instructor

Geoffrey M. Goll, P.E. is the President of Princeton Hydro, a multidisciplinary water resources and geosciences engineering firm with offices throughout the Northeast, of which he is a founding member. Mr. Goll obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University, College of Engineering and a Master of Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering and is licensed in nine states and the District of Columbia.

He has pioneered the removal of dams in NJ, with the first dam removed to provide fish passage in this state started over 20 years ago. Since that time he has been in charge and the engineer of record of over 100 dams all over the northeastern United States for the purpose of dam removal and decommissioning specifically for compliance, fish migration, floodplain reconnection, and ecosystem restoration. He has presented at regional and national conferences in the subject of dam safety, removal, and ecosystem restoration.

Stephen Souza, Lake Management Course Instructor

Dr. Stephen J. Souza is the owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years of project experience managing and restoring lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Dr. Souza received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, his M.S. from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Souza is the Founder of Princeton Hydro, LLC and served as the company's President until his recent retirement from Princeton Hydro in 2019.

Dr. Souza has served as an instructor and course coordinator for the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education for over 25 years. He is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University and also conducts professional continuing education courses at Montclair State University.

Dr. Souza is a past president of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), as well as the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS). He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). Dr. Souza's achievements include the NJ-American Water Resources Association Peter J. Homack Award (2012), the NALMS Lake Management Success Story Award (2017), and the NYS Federation of Lake Associations Lake Tear of the Clouds Award (2018). He is a frequent guess speaker for the NJ Coalition of Lake Associations, as well as NJDEP, NYSDEC, and other entities dedicated to the protection, restoration, and management of water resources.

Laura Craig, Ph.D., Princeton Hydro, LLC

Clay Emerson, Ph.D. P.E, CFM, Princeton Hydro, LLC

Beth Styler-Barry, Director of River Restoration, The Nature Conservancy

Paul Woodworth, CERP, Princeton Hydro, LLC

Continuing Education Credits

In addition to 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, this dam removal training course is approved for the following credits:

Certified Floodplain Managers: 8 CECs

NJ Licensed Professional Engineers: 7 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

NY Professional Engineers: Pending

NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): Pending

American Planning Association (APA): Pending

Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) Program: Pending

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES): Pending

NJ Landscape Arcitects: Pending

NY Landscape Arcitects: Pending

Registration Fee $295.00
Multi-Person Registration Fee $245.00 Register at the same time with a colleague and you both save!
Cancellation Fee $100.00

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Canvas and Zoom. On June 8, 2021, registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course and a document with tips on how to use Canvas and Zoom. Please log into Zoom at 8:15 am EDT (15 minutes before start time) for a brief overview of the online format. The course will start promptly at 8:30 am EDT.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer or tablet
  • Microphones and webcams are required as this is a very interactive course

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


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