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Bangor Daily News: Historic $24 million Penobscot River project nearly finished  -October 10, 2015

Portland Press Herald: Two years after dams' removal, Penobscot River flourishes -September 27, 2015









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Bangor Daily News: Penobscot dam removals enable national paddling event - July 3, 2015

MPBN: Greenland's Salmon Quota Threatens Maine Restoration Effort - June 26, 2015

Bangor Daily News: After first-year tinkering, Milford fish lift paying dividends - June 26, 2015

Bangor Daily News: Fish bypass construction starts in Howland... - December 25, 2014

Bangor Daily News: Celebrating the canoe race on a free-flowing Penobscot River - August 15, 2014 

Christian Science Monitor: Setting rivers free: As dams come down, nature is quickly recovering - August 3, 2014

Bangor Daily News : 15-mile canoe race set to honor Penobscot history, free-flowing river- July 28, 2014

Indian Country Today: Race Celebrates Penobscot River, People, History, Post-Veazie Dam  - July 28, 2014

Portland Press Herald: New race honors, celebrates Penobscot River  - July 27, 2014

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

November 14, 2013 Atlantic Salmon Federation: Conservationist Honored for Restoration of Maine's Penobscot River

November 6, 2013  CBS Evening News story with video online

August 19, Mainebiz: Growing with the Flow

July 28, Portland Press Herald: 2013 Dam removal tells new chapter in Maine history

July 25, 2013 New York Times: Hopes for a Fish Revival as a Dam is Demolished

July 23, 2013 Boston Globe: Breaching of dam restoring salmon passage unite many

June 12, 2012 Portland Press Herald article: A great day as dam removal begins 

June 12, 2012 New York Times story: Dam removal to help restore spawning grounds

June 9, 2012 Bangor Daily News piece: Old Town dam removal to begin

National Public Radio/Living on Earth feature story on the Penobscot Project...Removing Dams in Maine

The Washington Post compares fish restoration and dam removal projects on the Penobscot and Kennebec rivers with national efforts to restore river systems Dam removal movement gathers steam - September 16, 2011

The sea lamprey in the spotlight on Sedgenukedunk Stream, an important tributary to the Penobscot River and site of extensive habitat restoration efforts allowing sea-run fish back to spawning habitat for the first time in well over a hundred years  Bangor Daily News: The unloved lamprey - June 25, 2011

Idaho Statesman: Dam removal movement marches from Maine to Pacific rivers - June 17, 2011

A 2010 Thanksgiving editorial in The New York Times by James Prosek reminds us of the significance of one of our native sea-run fish - the American eel - to eastern Native American tribes and early colonists, and current threats to the continued existence of this once plentiful fish. At least one of the ancient eel weirs that Prosek writes about was on the Penobscot River. Wabanaki Homeland and the New State of Maine: The 1820 Journal and Plans of Survey of Joseph Treat, edited by Micah Pawling, shows an "Indian Eel Weir Camp" on the Penobscot between Passadumkeag River and Olamon Stream, just above Craig's Island. View Map of the eel weir from the book. Read James Prosek's editorial Give Thanks for ... Eel?

NOAA and TNC collaborated on a publication that highlights restoration projects funded through ARRA: Investing in Nature: Creating Jobs and Restoring Coastal Habitats, and here is a link to the excerpt on the Penobscot project.

In April, Yale 360 online magazine featured an article by John Waldman on sea-run fisheries decline and status on the East Coast, and held up Maine projects as promising examples to follow for restoration.

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