Earlier this year the Department of Interior-Bureau of Land Management published the “Dam Removal Analysis Guidelines for Sediment.” This document identifies tools for collecting, analyzing and modeling sediment quality and quantity data, in order to identify sediment management alternatives to minimize the potential negative impacts of dam removals due to sediment quality and quantity issues. Sediment-related impacts of dam removals discussed in the document include: reservoir sediment mass, size gradation, quality, and spatial distribution; the extent and rate of reservoir sediment erosion; the tolerance and adaptability of sensitive species; and the sensitivity of critical infrastructure (e.g. bridges, water intakes) to sediment erosion and deposition, water quality, and flood protection. Key concepts in the document include: environmental risk is the product of probability and consequence; probability of potential sediment quantity issues is best assessed by comparing the reservoir sediment volume relative to the mean annual sediment load; potential consequences must include impacts that are short- and long-term, site-specific and reach-scale, and in the reservoir footprint and downstream of the dam site; the greater the potential risk, the greater the level of investigation needed; and data uncertainty is always present. This presentation will review the document’s analytical approaches and tools, and encourage their use in future dam removals in Michigan.