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Scope/Content: Abstract: Before a dam is removed or even repaired, permits, certificates and other approvals are required before the work can proceed. The permitting process is designed to minimize or negate potential impacts on the environment, navigation, and other concerns. Timing for each permit varies and some permits can take up to 90 days to receive so be prepared. Usually the more thoroughly prepared the permit application the less time it takes to get approvals. Local, state, and federal agencies have authority over dams, dam removal, and ecological restora-tion. As a result, multiple permit applications are required to remove or breach a dam. The regulatory process provides an opportunity for public input so it is very important to clearly articulate the need for a value of dam removal. Most permits require a form of public notice and abutter notification. Riverways staff are available to assist in permit applications for projects that meet our ecological restoration goals. Scope/Content: Author affiliation: Massachusetts Division of the Department of Fish and Game