Analysis of dam removal decision variables for the Onondaga Dam
Ransom, Beynan T. L.
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This study uses qualitative and quantitative analyses to examine the interconnections between values related to physical, biological, and social processes in dam removal decision making. Previous studies on dam removal acknowledge the need to include community support with traditional dam removal metrics. The goal of this thesis is to explain the sensitivity of a dam removal decision to adding a social values criterion. It is hypothesized that social values with respect to the present and future intended uses of the river corridor ultimately overrule the results of the typical dam removal metrics: safety, costs, and ecological integrity. Results of the safety risk analysis and social values determination do not favor the removal of the dam. The economic and ecological criteria are in favor of removing the dam, but they also have high uncertainty given existing level of analysis.