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Exploring Dam Removal & Modification: A Webinar

When it comes to dam removal, the benefits couldn’t be greater. Dam removal improves safety, enhances recreation, reduces maintenance costs, eliminates the potential for failure, restores floodplains, and enriches the environment. However, maximizing and achieving the benefits of dam removal takes more than environmental and civil engineering. It requires strong partnerships with state and federal agencies, local government, contractors, property owners, and more.

“Dam removal and modification projects require partnerships between many stakeholders. Early coordination and communication speeds up the review process, maintains the project schedule, and gives stakeholders a voice in the project,” states Nichoel Church.

Snyder & Associates Principal Environmental Scientist Jeff Walters will join Nichoel Church to elaborate on the benefits of dam removal or modification and the partnerships necessary to guide project success during an upcoming webinar. Specific highlights include:

  • Analysis of regulatory coordination and permitting process
  • Overview of potential environmental & water quality benefits
  • Strategies for successful public education, connecting the community and watershed
  • Optimizing state and federal agency funding programs

About the Experts

Headshot of Jeff Walters, Environmental Sciences Group Leader at Snyder & Associates, a civil engineering firm.

Jeff Walters leads the Snyder & Associates Environmental team with 19 years of experience. His expertise spans environmental permitting and mitigation for projects pertaining to wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes. He’s also well-versed in wetland and stream bank mitigation projects, monitoring, biological assessments, threatened and endangered species studies, and phase I environmental site assessments. Recent experience has involved a variety of public and private sector project types centered on transportationland planning, utilities, and land development.

 

Headshot of Jessica Sundquist, an Environmental Scientist at Snyder & Associates, a civil engineering firm.

Nichoel Church has 10 years of experience working with federal and state agencies, city and county officials, and consultants. Her workload generally consists of wetland delineations, stream assessments, mitigation banking documentation, watershed management plans, threatened and endangered species surveys, mitigation monitoring, and stormwater pollution prevention plans. She has considerable knowledge of state and federal laws as well as permitting requirements, including NEPA compliance and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.