Celebrating the Penobscot River’s Revival: Veazie Dam Breaching Celebration & Commemoration
Thank you to the hundreds of people who joined us on July 22, 2013, as we Reconnected the Penobscot River to the Sea!
This event reopened the Penobscot River to the sea so that Atlantic salmon, sturgeon, river herring, American shad, and other species of sea-run fish can swim freely all the way to Old Town for the first time in nearly 200 years!
Breaching the Veazie Dam marked a monumental step in the Penobscot River Restoration Project, which seeks to restore self-sustaining populations of sea-run fish to the Penobscot River watershed by opening migration paths between the ocean and upstream habitat critical to rebuilding fish populations. Reconnecting the river to the sea will revitalize culture, recreation, ecological health and economic opportunities for the region and Maine.
Media from Veazie Dam breaching
- A River In the Balance Bangor Daily News editorial
- Veazie Dam Starts to Comes Down FOX Bangor news story
- Dam’s Demolition Renews Hopes for Restored Penobscot River Fish Runs MPBN news story
- Dam Removal Tells New Chapter in Maine History Maine Sunday Telegram editorial
- Hopes for a Fish Revival as a Dam Is Demolished New York Times news story
- Removal of Veazie Dam to Free Historic Paddling Route on Penobscot Bangor Daily News news story
- ‘Ah, Freedom’: Historic Penobscot Dam Removal Begins Portland Press Herald news story
- Breaching of Veazie Dam Begins as Part of Penobscot River Restoration Bangor Daily News news story
- Down Comes Another Dam New York Times editorial
- Veazie Dam Removal Brings Hope to Salmon Anglers Boston Globe news story
- Breaching of Dam, Restoring Salmon’s Passage Unite Many Boston Globe news story
- Ceremony Marks Beginning of Demolition for Veazie Dam WCSH-6 TV news story
- Penobscot Tribal Leaders Past and Present Discuss Dam Removal WCSH-6 TV news story
- Veazie Dam Demolition Begins on Penobscot River Sun Journal news story