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. See PROJECT DETAILS.
Paddlers maneuvering through the rapids just upstream of the where the Great Works Dam stood before its removal in 2012.
construction underway in 2015
removed in 2012
removed in 2013
Over 444,000 river herring and counting at the Milford fish lift in 2015!
For current counts from the Maine Department of Marine Resources click here!
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!
Penobscot Valley High School Art Students Present:
Life Water by Z. Hilton
June 18th- July 6th at the
Maine Discovery Museum
Penobscot Project Leadership Recognized by National River Network River Hero Award
This month, as Atlantic salmon, river herring and other sea-run fish began their annual migration up the free-flowing lower Penobscot river, past the former sites of the Veazie and Great Works dams, our Executive Director, Laura Rose Day, received the River Network River Hero Award for her continued leadership and dedication to reconnecting the river to the sea through the Penobscot River Restoration Project. Congratulations Laura!
"The Penobscot Project is an inspiring example of how people can achieve great things for rivers by focusing on solutions instead of roadblocks. " said Rose Day. "It is an honor to work alongside so many individuals, project member organizations, Penobscot Indian Nation, communities, businesses, and state and federal agencies, and generous funders who have created this model for large-scale, innovative, and collaborative river restoration." This year, River Network took the unusual step of honoring two Maine leaders. Dwayne Shaw, Executive Director of Downeast Salmon Federation also received the award for his work on Downeast rivers of Maine.
The Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta
A series of national whitewater paddling events to be held in a 9.5 mile stretch of river freed by removal of the Veazie and Great Works dams. Hosted by the Penobscot Nation.
FIND MORE INFO HERE!
Dam Removal Photos on Flickr
Penobscot River Watershed selected as one of NOAA's Habitat Focus Areas - find more information here:
Penobscot Habitat Focus Area
Thanks to our many partners who made this project possible!