Riparian Vegetation Response to Dam Removal

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Dam removal is an approach to river restoration that is becoming increasingly common. In most cases, dam removal is driven by considerations other than river restoration like dam safety, but how dam removal affects aquatic and riparian systems is of great interest in many dam removals. My work in this area has had two areas of focus thus far: 1) studies of vegetation and geomorphic change associated with dam removal along the Elwha River, Washington, where the world’s largest dam removals occurred in recent years; 2) syntheses of dam removal effects.