TO CONTRACTORS: Howland Bypass Final Design Pre-bid meeting will take place on Monday, Dec 9th. 1-2 inches of snow are forecasted, so please plan accordingly.
Freeing the West Channel at Veazie - October 23, 2013
Click on the above photo to see a video compilation documenting the
ongoing west-channel work. This also shows some of the unique river
features emerging after having been buried for over 100 years!
East-side Cofferdam Breach - October 10, 2013
October 10th saw another point of major progress in the Veazie dam removal
process - the cofferdam was breached on the Eddington side. Click here to see a video of the river flowing freely along the Eddington side.
The cofferdam is now being moved back towards the Veazie side.
Brief video of river post-cofferdam removal, Aug 21 2013
Time-lapse video of cofferdam removal
Brief video of cofferdam breach
Restoring access to critical habitat for the
Sea-run Fisheries of Maine's Largest Watershed
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 (the first completed in 2012) 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
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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT!
Watch the November 6 CBS Evening News story on the Penobscot Project. Thanks to our many partners who made this project possible! For more information and a look back at this year's milestone event leading to a free river, read our July 22nd press release announcing the breaching of the Veazie Dam.
Find dam removal updates at the above link or visit our Facebook page!
Photos updated October 18, 2013
Bangor Daily News (with video)
Portland Press Herald (with vdeo)
The New York Times Editorial
Boston Globe cover story
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Freeing a River
VEAZIE DAM BREACHED! July 22, 2013
On July 22, hundreds of excited spectators joined
Project leaders and dignitaries on the banks of the Penobscot River as
construction crews from local contractor, Sargent Corporation, began
dismantling the dam closest to the sea on Maine's largest watershed.
GREAT WORKS DAM REMOVAL
Great Works Dam Removal Info, Articles, and Videos
Visit our Facebook page and our album of Dam Removal Photos on Flickr
Frequently Asked Questions and Project Fact Sheet
Penobscot River Research Newsletter
and more information on Science and Monitoring