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Removal of Small Dams

COURSE NO: G05-006
Removal of Small Dams
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will introduce you to the principles and practices of small dam removal. While it contains information specific to Oregon policies and regulations, the general concepts can be applied to small dam removal in other parts of the US and Canada.


It is estimated by FEMA that there are over 75,000 dams in the United States. Most of those are small dams and many of them are approaching or have exceeded their design life. As dams constructed in the “Heydays” of dam construction during the 1950’s and 60’s reach their expected end of design lives, removal of small dams will become a growing issue. While, the life of a dam can be extended with proper inspection and maintenance, they will eventually reach the end of their useful lives and become candidates for removal.


This 5 PDH online course is intended for all geotechnical, structural and civil engineers as well as design professionals and construction personnel interested in learning about the removal of small dams.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Ability to develop organizational support for dam removal candidates
  • Ability to develop public outreach strategies
  • Conducting successful technical team meetings
  • Learning how to review site background data
  • Knowing how to identify data gaps
  • Knowing how to develop project goals and objectives
  • Learning how to prepare a funding strategy
  • Understanding the examples of project phasing
  • Understanding the process of selecting an engineering firm
  • Adopting the methods for recruiting reputable project engineers
  • Familiarizing with regulatory agencies and their permitting process
  • Conducting site monitoring during dam removal
  • Understanding the basic concepts of site restoration
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled, “Removal of Small Dams” which is based on the publication “Removal of Small Dams in Oregon, A Guide for Project Managers”. It is used with permission of the author, Denise Hoffert, who authored the publication for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Removal of Small Dams (3.3 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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