To Repair or Remove Oyster River Dam: A Case Study of Small Dam Preservation in New Hampshire

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

Kathy Flanagan


Dam, Durham, Environment, Fish, Hydropower, New Hampshire, Oyster, River, Sediment


Residents of Durham, New Hampshire are contemplating whether to restore or remove Oyster River Dam, a small deteriorating dam within their community. Dam management today has become a highly controversial issue in terms of its effect on the environment. This Capstone Project presents information regarding physical and biological factors that affect Oyster River and the dam, as well as aid in the decision making process to remove or restore the dam. The residents of Durham have concern that there is in-consistent data to support removal or restoration of the dam at the present time. Three recommendations are discussed to aid in future Oyster River Dam decisions; they include hydropower turbines, environmental studies, and economic assessments.

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