June 13, 2012 Northeast Ecological Services Blog: Who's talking about the Penobscot?
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
June 8, 2012 MPBN story by Susan Sharon: Dam removal marks new era for Penobscot River
June 8, 2012 Editorial by Bill Houston in the Bangor Daily News: Celebrating a big moment for the Penobscot
Patagonia's weblog recently highlighted the Penobscot Project collaboration in an entry by Topher Browne in The Cleanest Line: The Penobscot River Restoration Project
An article in The Maine Sportsman focuses on the benefits of the project for fish and wildlife habitat...Penobscot Restoration Project Will Improve Fish, Wildlife Habitat
National Public Radio/Living on Earth feature story on the Penobscot Project...Removing Dams in Maine
Article on the importance of the project to the Penobscot Indian Nation and their role in the historic Penobscot River agreement highlights partnership and balancing multiple community interests in the Penobscot River... Maine Sunday Telegram: Salmon's return means much to tribe - September 18, 2011
A comprehensive research effort to gather pre-dam removal information on the Penobscot River gets front page attention (check out the video on electrofishing and sturgeon research projects)... Maine Sunday Telegram: Restoring the Penobscot - September 18, 2011
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 4th Annual Penobscot River Revival Festival brought together hundreds of people to the Bangor waterfront to celebrate efforts to restore the health of the Penobscot watershed and recover Atlantic salmon, American shad and other sea-run fish populations ... Bangor Daily News: Groups Celebrate Penobscot Cleanup - July 18, 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
It's been a great year for Atlantic salmon returns to the Penobscot River ... over 3,000 salmon trapped at the Veazie Dam! Bangor Daily News: A good year for salmon - June 25, 2011
Idaho Statesman: Dam removal movement marches from Maine to Pacific rivers - June 17, 2011
Penobscot River Restoration Effort Takes Giant Leap Forward by Susan Sharon MPBN - December 20, 2010
A 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?
Trout Unlimited (TU) has joined forces with Orvis to contribute to their podcast series. The inaugural TU podcast focused on the Penobscot River Restoration Project in an interview with Jeff Reardon, New England Conservation Director for TU and permitting and engineering coordinator for the Penobscot Project. Listen to the podcast.
The 3rd Annual Penobscot River Revival on the Bangor Waterfront in July celebrated the Penobscot River fisheries and the many partnerships that exist to rebuild a healthy watershed. Watch TV news clips of the event: WLBZ TV2 WABI TV
In May, staff attended the Blackman Stream Fishway Dedication coordinated by Andy Goode and the Maine Council of ASF. The event was a true celebration, complete with five alewives from the Veazie fish trap ceremoniously slipped into the fishway. It was well-organized and well-attended, with a welcoming overview and thanks by Bucky Owen and Andy, words by federal partners and representatives of the Leonards Mills board, among others. Here are links to the BDN article and a story on WLBZ TV.
Also in May, The Nature Conservancy released their summer issue of their national magazine, with a feature article on the Penobscot project, with special emphasis on the Penobscot Indian Nation's history on the river and contributions to the project. Please take a moment to view the videos produced by Sean Fitzpatrick - including a project flyover video and a gorgeous video of Butch Phillips speaking about the significance of the restoration effort to him and the tribe.
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.
If you have not been to our web site in awhile, we have added a Voices of the Watershed page, and periodically update it with videos and audio-taped interviews. Feedback is welcome on this page and the website in general.