Sharing a River to Save It: An Experimental Cross-Disciplinary Course




20 students worked together across disciplines to address the "wicked problem" of dam removal, including addressing stored sediment, fish passage and habitat, flooding, energy generation, and public space.


We asked the question, how might we imagine the removal of a large dam on the Susquehanna River? How might we create a vision/scenario and set of strategies remove the Conowingo Dam to restore connectivity for aquatic species like the American Shad?


I taught this cross-university course with Karin Limburg (SUNY-ESF) and Doug Johnston (SUNY-ESF). Students from fisheries science, environmental engineering, landscape architecture, city and regional planning and hydrology participated along with experts from a diverse range of fields.

Submitted by: 

  • Vanucchi, Jamie

Researchers involved: 

  • Vanucchi, Jamie L
  • Limburg, Karin
  • Johnston, Doug

International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania