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Penobscot River Restoration Trust

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. Removal of the lower two dams (Great Works completed in 2012, and Veazie in 2013) and bypassing of a third greatly improves access to nearly 1000 miles of habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon and shortnose sturgeon, American shad, alewife, and seven other species of sea-run fish in Maine. As fish passage is improved at four remaining dams and energy increased at six, 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

Site just upstream of where the Veazie Dam was removed in 2013

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.


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Artwork by Howland art students

Hands on Conservation! Check out artwork by Penobscot Valley High School art students in Howland, led by teacher Courtney Robbins and inspired by the Penobscot River Restoration Project.


Howland Dam Bypass

work planned for 2014

Great Works Dam

removed in 2012 

Veazie Dam

removed in 2013 


Over 180,000 river herring passed the new Milford Dam fish lift, and an additional 180,000 alewife migrated up Blackman Stream!  Read more about the 2014 fish count at the link above. 

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Participants in the 2014 Bashabez Run


Check out images from the first canoe and kayak race on the Penobscot River in modern times! 

Dam Removal Photos on Flickr

Penobscot River Watershed selected as one of NOAA's newest Habitat Focus Areas - find more information here:

Penobscot Habitat Focus Area

Thanks to our many partners who made this project possible!

Scouting out the river conditions the week before the Bashabez Run

Frequently Asked Questions and Project Fact Sheet

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