Agreement could lead to dam removals and restoration of fish runs by Misty Edgecomb Bangor Daily News news story OLD TOWN – In what conservationists are calling the biggest restoration project north of the Everglades, two dams will be removed from the lower Penobscot River. Representatives of a broad coalition including the Penobscot Nation, environmental Read More
Penobscot River Restoration
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is proud to be a founding member of the Penobscot River Restoration Project and the Penobscot River Restoration Trust. The Trust worked for more than a decade to restore magnificent runs of Atlantic salmon, shad, and other sea-run fish to the Penobscot River, the largest river in Maine. The Trust removed two dams that have blocked fish migrations for more than a century—the Great Works Dam and the Veazie Dam, and constructed an innovative, river-like bypass around the third dam on the river at Howland. Fish are using this bypass to access nearly 2,000 miles of historic habitat. The Penobscot River has worked hard for Maine people for hundreds of years. Now we need to take care of the river. NRCM’s membership in the Penobscot River Restoration Trust is one more example of our commitment to protecting and restoring Maine’s environment, now and for future generations.
Bangor Daily News editorial Usually when a project is described as “unprecedented” and “visionary” it isn’t either. In the case of the multifaceted plan announced yesterday to remove two dams and improve five others along the Penobscot River to open hundreds of miles of habitat for sea-run fish, the glowing adjectives are appropriate. First, the Read More
Wide-ranging agreement signed on Monday may set precedent for restoring rivers in other states. By Mary Wiltenburg, Staff writer Christian Science Monitor news story VEAZIE, MAINE It was a historic day for the Atlantic salmon. In an unprecedented move, a coalition that includes an Indian tribe, environmentalists, government, and a power company agreed Monday to open Read More
Statement by Brownie Carson, NRCM executive director I am delighted to participate in this historic announcement aimed at creating a new future for the Penobscot River. The Natural Resources Council of Maine is proud of the role we have played in reaching a truly remarkable agreement that few people could have imagined was possible. The Read More
*Natural Resources Council of Maine*American Rivers*Atlantic Salmon Federation*Penobscot Indian Nation*Trout Unlimited*Maine Audubon Old Town, Maine – On October 6, on the banks of the Penobscot River, PPL Corporation, conservation groups, the Penobscot Indian Nation, the State of Maine, and the U.S. Department of Interior, announced an agreement aimed at restoring sea-run fish to the Penobscot Read More