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Restoring access to critical habitat for the

Sea-run Fisheries of Maine's Largest Watershed

Participants in the 2014 Bashabez Run race through the rapids where the Veazie Dam once stood, removed in 2013.

Free-flowing river at the site where the Veazie Dam was removed - free passage for sea-run fish and one of four challenging stretches of white water during the 1st Annual Bashabez Run Canoe and Kayak Race

Veazie Dam Removal

Find dam removal information at the above link or visit our Facebook page!

Photos of dam removal

CBS Evening News 

Bangor Daily News (with video)

Portland Press Herald (with video)

The New York Times Editorial

Boston Globe cover story

Thanks to our many partners who made this project possible! For more information and a look back at last year's milestone event leading to a free river, read our July 22nd press releaseannouncing the breaching of the Veazie Dam.


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 

Link to Other River News from around the state

The Penobscot 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.


Congratulations ...

to all the participants of the 1st Annual Bashabez Run! What a great day on the river, with 36 boats registering and smiling faces at the end of the race regardless of time or whether or not they went for a swim! More information on the race can be found HERE!

Winners of the r-person kayak category H.I. Hasey and Peter Lataille

 FISH COUNT ... Over 180,000 river herring 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 800 American shad! Find the latest trap info here

Watch Video

Penobscot River Watershed selected as one of NOAA's newest Habitat Focus Areas - find more information here:

Penobscot Habitat Focus Area


Common Ground Fair

September 19-21, 2014

Old Town Riverfest & Parade

September 27, 2014

Project Video:

Freeing a River

watch it here!

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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 breaching on Saturday, June 23, 2012

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

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