Veazie Site Updates
The 2014 Bashebez Run Canoe and Kayak Race brought 36 racing boats out on this 15.5 mile challenging course from Indian Island to the Brewer riverfront. Paddlers shown above are navigating the whitewater that now exists where the Veazie Dam once stood.
Former Veazie Dam Site Taken Jan 21, 2014 and Video
What's New: The Veazie dam would have extended from the the right side of the photo to about where the wooden platform base is visible above the rock outcrop near the middle of the photo. None of the rapids would have been visible.
Click here, or on the photo above to start the video. Make sure your speakers are turned on so that you can hear the lovely sound that the rapids make.
Former Veazie Dam Site Taken Dec 17, 2013
Free Flowing River at the former Veazie Dam Site, Eddington Perspective November 20, 2013
Click on the above photo to see a 10-minute time-lapse video of the removal from the west bank (Veazie) side
Video of the free-flowing site taken Nov 20, 2013
Freeing the West Channel at Veazie - October 23, 2013
Click on the above photo to see a video compilation documenting the 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
Cofferdam Breached at Veazie Dam Site Aug 21, 2013
Time-lapse video of cofferdam removal
Post-coffer dam removal Video on August 22, 2013
Coffer dam breach on 8-21-13 Photo and Video
VEAZIE DAM BREACHED! July 22, 2013
Penobscot River Reconnected to the Sea
On Monday July 22, 2013 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
Penobscot River Restoration Trust owns the site of the former Veazie Dam, located on the
Penobscot River in Veazie and Eddington, Maine, near the head of tide. The buttress-style dam was built in 1913, and dams have been
documented at the site as early as the 1830's, blocking fish passage
for nearly 200 years.
removal of the dam and some of the ancillary structures was completed during the months of July through November 2013; additional work at the site related to the remaining powerhouse was completed in late 2014. It is now possible for Atlantic salmon and all species of sea-run fish
to pass the site and travel upstream past the former Great
Works site, all the way to the Milford Dam in Old Town and Milford.
site included two powerhouse buildings and structures related to the collection of
Atlantic salmon brood stock. The smaller of the powerhouse buildings was demolished, and the larger powerhouse building, "Powerhouse
A" was demolished in 2014.
dam removal work was completed by Sargent Corporation,
headquartered in Old Town, Maine.
Major Funders for the Veazie Dam Deconstruction
Thank you to all our partners, contributors
and community members.
Veazie Breaching Event
~ Downloadable Event Poster ~
Photos of dam removal
CBS Evening News
Bangor Daily News (with video)
Portland Press Herald (with video)
New York Times editorial
Boston Globe cover story
Slide show showing progression of Veazie Dam Removal courtesy of Steve Shepard/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Mainebiz: Growing with the Flow - August 19, 2013
Boston Globe: Breaching of dam restoring salmons passage unite many - July 23, 2013
Indian Country Today: Ceremony and eagles mark beginning of Veazie dam removal - July 23, 2013
Portland Press Herald: Historic removal of Veazie Dam gets under way - July 22, 2013
MPBN: Contractors Begin Removing Maine's Veazie Dam - July 22, 2013
Bangor Daily News: Breaching of Veazie Dam begins as part of Penobscot River Restoration - July 22, 2013
More media coverage can be found HERE!
Thanks to Steve Shepard of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for these pictorial updates on progress at the site!
Veazie Update September 5, 2013
Veazie Update August 22. 2013
Veazie Update August 2, 2013
Photos and Videos of the Site
Dam Quick Facts
~ 32 feet at max
length: ~ 3.8 mi
as a "run of river" dam, the water spilling over the dam is equal
to the water flowing into the headpond (also known as the
"impoundment") and it does not function to provide flood