Restoring access to critical habitat for the
Sea-run Fisheries of Maine's Largest Watershed
The Penobscot River Restoration Trust and its public and private partners are working to undo more than two centuries of damage that too many dams have inflicted upon the Penobscot River. Removing the lower two dams and bypassing a third opens up nearly 1000 miles of habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon, sturgeon, river herring and eight other species of sea-run fish in Maine. As fish passage is improved at four remaining dams and energy increased at others, these ecological benefits will be realized while maintaining or even increasing energy production. By reconnecting the river to the sea, the Penobscot Project promises large-scale ecological, cultural, recreational and economic benefits throughout New England's second largest watershed. PROJECT DETAILS
This is the last year Atlantic salmon will be collected at Veazie. Once the dam is removed, fish capturing operations will be moved upriver to Milford. Check out the spike in river herring this year, resulting from the Phase I stocking program - click here to see the Veazie trap data
Below: Site of the Great Works Dam (taken from the west bank), Sept. 2012
Below - 48 second video of Great Works Dam Site
Video of the Great Works Dam Site early September 2012 from Penobscot River Trust on Vimeo.
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The Penobscot River Restoration Project is an unprecedented collaboration between the Penobscot Indian Nation, seven conservation groups, hydropower companies PPL Corporation and Black Bear Hydro, LLC, and state and federal agencies, to restore 11 species of sea-run fish to the Penobscot River, while maintaining energy production.
Freeing a River
View updated events page here!
Congratulations to Gray Ghost Productions! Their film Turning Tail: The Atlantic Salmon's Great New Leap was selected to be part of the 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Watch the clip featuring the Penobscot Project HERE
Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine
a video produced by NOAA Habitat Conservation featuring the Penobscot Project
Penobscot River Research Newsletter
and more information on Science and Monitoring
GREAT WORKS DAM REMOVAL
One-minute video of Great Works Dam breaching on June 23, 2012
Great Works Project Info, Articles, and more Videos
Visit our Facebook page and our album of Dam Removal Photos on Flickr
Secretary of Interior celebrates Penobscot River milestone: read DOI press release on June 11 event
Other Media Highlights:
Check out coverage from the New York Times , Bangor Daily News (article and video), Portland Press Herald (article and videos), and Boston Globe or peruse Blogs
Frequently Asked Questions and Project Fact Sheet
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