Dam owners present hydropower as a “clean” technology. But outdated dams can hurt rivers.

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Case Studies › Decommissioning and removal › Hydro Guides   10/10/2023

Practitioner’s Guide to Hydropower Dam Removal

This is a comprehensive guide for dam owners and practitioners on removing hydropower dams regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Removing dams is a common practice and a good option for dam owners or licensees who determine that the expense of ownership is too great relative to the benefits provided by their dams.

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