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Veazie site post-dam removal, November 19, 2013

Site where the Veazie Dam was removed in 2013, looking toward the Eddington shoreline.

Before and after images of the Veazie powerhouse demolition.

Veazie Dam Powerhouse A, which was built into the river shoreline, was removed in October, 2014. 

veazie restored shorelineShoreline restoration includes a hand-carry boat ramp (above) and recreational area ideally suited for viewing the free-flowing river (right); July 2015.


Veazie Site

Racers in the 2014 Bashabez Run navigating the whitewater where the Veazie Dam once stood.

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

Site of former Veazie Dam January 2014

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

View looking across to east side of river, where Veazie Dam once obstructed migratory fish passage.

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

freeing of the west channel 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 more than 100 years!

East-side Cofferdam Breach - October 10, 2013

Breaching of the cofferdam on the east side of the river October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013 saw another major point in the Veazie dam removal process - the cofferdam was breached on the Eddington side. Click to see video of the river flowing freely along the Eddington 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


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 watershed.

Fact sheet

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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

More Media coverage

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

Veazie Dam Quick Facts 

Height: ~ 32 feet at max

Length: ~ 830

Impoundment length: ~ 3.8 mi

Year built: 1913

Operated 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 control. 

Above: Up-close of a section of Veazie Dam showing (former) powerhouse B on the left, and powerhouse A on the right.

Veazie Dam by Bridget Besaw

Above: Aerial view of Veazie Dam. Photo by Bridget Besaw.

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