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Using hydraulic modeling to address social impacts of small dam removals in southern New Jersey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19008035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Small relic mill dams are common in the watersheds of southern New Jersey, dotting the landscape with many small neighborhood lakes. Originally built in the late 1800s, most of these dams have become increasingly unable to handle current design storms due to increased urbanization of the watersheds. Several of these dams have also been classified as "high hazard" by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Dam Safety Division because their failure has the potential for loss of life or extensive property damage. The current private owners are generally unable to afford the high repair costs needed to rehabilitate the dams to current safety standards, and are therefore more inclined to remove them. This research analyses both the physical and social impacts of the removal of two small dams in southern New Jersey, and integrates the two seemingly disparate concepts. Using hydraulic modeling and previous case studies, it is predicted that there will be limited effects to the hydrological and biological characteristics of the stream corridor. A survey distributed to the affected homeowners that live on these lakes shows that the community, however, expects significant impacts to the bio-physical characteristics of the stream corridor, as well financial impacts to their property value and social impacts to their recreational activities. The current study exposes the widening gap between policy makers and landowners, and highlights where complete stakeholder interaction could and should occur.
Joshua R Wyrick; Brian A Rischman; Christopher A Burke; Craig McGee; Chasity Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental management     Volume:  90 Suppl 3     ISSN:  1095-8630     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Environ. Manage.     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-06     Completed Date:  2009-09-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401664     Medline TA:  J Environ Manage     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S270-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rowan University, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Glassboro, NJ 08028, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Models, Theoretical*
New Jersey
Social Change*
United States
Water Supply*

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