Restoring access to critical habitat for the
Sea-run Fisheries of Maine's Largest Watershed
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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT
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
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.
Freeing a River
For project updates:
VEAZIE DAM BREACHED! July 22, 2013
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 REMOVAL
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