Dam Removal Costs

  Dam Height (feet) Length (feet) State Cost (2001 $) Year Removed
PA Amish Dam 3 40 $ 2,000 1997
PA East Petersburg Authority Dam 4 20 $ 5,000 1998
PA Snavely's Mill Dam 3 106 $ 11,000 1997
ME Archer's Mill Dam 12 50 $ 14,000 1999
PA unnamed dam 4 10 $ 11,000 1998
OH Jacoby Road Dam 8 100 $ 11,000 1997
PA Mill Port Conservancy Dam 10 10 $ 16,000 1998
PA Maple Grove Dam 6 60 $ 19,000 1997
ME Columbia Falls Dam 9 350 $ 32,000 1998
PA unnamed dam 9 175 $ 32,000 1998
ID Colburn Mill Pond Dam 12 35 $ 32,000 1999
OR Marie Dorian Dam 8 100 $ 33,000 1997
WI Slabtown Dam 10 60 $ 38,000 1992
CA Upper Dam 7 57 $ 41,000 1989
FL Dead Lakes Dam 18 787 $ 50,000 1987
MN Welch Dam 9 120 $ 55,000 1994
OR Alphonso Dam 10 56 $ 58,000 1999
ME Grist Mill Dam 14 75 $ 61,000 1998
PA American Paper Products Dam 4 130 $ 65,000 1998
CA Lake Christopher Dam 10 400 $ 119,000 1994
PA Rock Hill Dam 13 300 $ 121,000 1997
WI Woolen Mills Dam 18 - $ 128,000 1988
PA Williamsburg Station Dam 13 260 $ 169,000 1996
WI Hayman Falls Dam 17 200 $ 169,000 1995
WI Parfrey Glen Dam 19 450 $ 173,000 1996
PA Castle Fin Dam 5 383 $ 220,000 1997
NC Quaker Neck Dam 7 260 $ 222,000 1998
WI Waterworks Dam 14 220 $ 231,000 1998
MN Sandstone Dam 20 150 $ 241,000 1995
WI Colfax Dam 20 350 $ 261,000 1998
WI Milwaukee Dam 19 432 $ 379,000 1997
VT Newport No. 11 Dam 19 90 $ 619,000 1996
OR Jackson Street Dam 11 120 $ 1,298,000 1998
ME Edwards Dam 24 917 $ 2,223,000 1999
Source: Friends of the Earth, American Rivers, Trout Unlimited. 1999. Dam Removal Success Stories: Restoring Rivers Through Selective Removal of Dams that Don't Make Sense.

Price levels were adjusted to reflect 2001 dollars. These costs do not include the cost of permits, easements, design, or monitoring.