Texas Water Journal publishes new article on Texas dams

The Texas Water Journal has published a new article in the Volume 11 issue titled “Dams Are Coming Down, but Not Always by Choice: The Geography of Texas Dams, Dam Failures, and Dam Removals” by Erin D. Dascher and Kimberly Meitzen.

The article examines spatial and temporal trends in Texas dams, dam failures and dam removals. Dams were examined from a statewide perspective and within 10 major river basins that collectively account for over 80% of all dams in the state.

According to the abstract, 50 dams were removed across the state between 1983 and 2016. The majority of removals were to eliminate liability concerns associated with aging dams. As Texas’ dam infrastructure continues to age, dam removal is a practical management option for mitigating potential dam-related hazards and improving the connectivity and ecological function of river systems.

The journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal published by the nonprofit The Texas Water Journal and the Texas Water Resources Institute, publishes papers as they are complete. It is devoted to the timely consideration of Texas water resources management, research and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates science, engineering, law, planning and other disciplines. It also provides updates on key state legislation and policy changes by Texas administrative agencies.

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As communications specialist for TWRI, Sarah Richardson works with the institute's communications team leading graphic design projects including Conservation Matters, flyers, brochures, reports, documents and other educational materials. 

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