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Restoring access to critical habitat for the

Sea-run Fisheries of Maine's Largest Watershed

Veazie site post-dam removal June 2 2014

Veazie Dam Removal

Find dam removal information at the above link or visit our Facebook page!

Photos of dam removal

CBS Evening News 

Bangor Daily News (with video)

Portland Press Herald (with video)

The New York Times Editorial

Boston Globe cover story


Bangor Daily News: UMaine researchers raft down Penobscot River to map changes - June 25, 2014

Christian Science Monitor/Common Ground, Common Good: How unlikely partners came together on a Maine river - June 19, 2014

Bangor Daily News: Humans changed behavior, now alewives rebounding - June 18, 2014

Bangor Daily News:Thousands of alewives return to Penobscot, tributaries after nearly 200 years - May 22, 2014

"Collaborating to Revitalize Human and Wildlife Communities Along the Penobscot" in Communities & Banking Spring 2014

"Restoring the Fisheries of the Penobscot Nation" in Maine Memories Fall 2013 

Link to Other River News from around the state

Thanks to our many partners who made this project possible! For more information and a look back at last year's milestone event leading to a free river, read our July 22nd press releaseannouncing the breaching of the Veazie Dam.

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

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.


 NEW! Over 180,000 alewife have passed the new Milford Dam fish lift, and an additional 140,000 alewife have migrated up Blackman Stream - a great result of Maine Department of Marine Resources stocking efforts that began in 2010, and the first year with the Veazie and Great Works dams out to welcome these thousands and thousands of migrating sea-run fish! The lift has also passed over 700 American shad! Find the latest trap info here

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

Penobscot Habitat Focus Area


We recently joined partners in celebrating sea-run fish and free-flowing rivers! Visit the World Fish Migration Day - Maine webpage for activities and photos and to learn more about celebrations that occurred around the world!

DamNation has arrived in Maine! Click here for information on screenings of this award-winning documentary on May 7,  May 8, and June 12. 

Project Video:

Freeing a River

watch it here!

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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 breaching on Saturday, June 23, 2012

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

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