DER is eager to provide technical assistance to dam owners and others interested in river and stream restoration. To learn more about restoring rivers through dam removal, contact Beth Lambert, Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program Manager, at or 617-626-1526.

These resources will help you get started: 

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Dam Removal and the Wetlands Regulations  pdf format of Dam Removal and the Wetlands Regulations
doc format of                             Dam Removal and the Wetlands Regulations                file size 1MB

Dam Removal in Massachusetts: A Basic Guide for Project Proponents pdf format of eea_dam_removal_guidance.pdf
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Stream Barrier Removal Monitoring Guide - presents a standardized framework for monitoring the ecological changes that occur when dams, culverts, and other stream barriers are removed. 

American Rivers’ video Restoring Americas Rivers includes an excellent section on a dam removal project in New Hampshire seen through the eyes of the dam owner, the abutters, and environmental officials.