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Penobscot River Restoration Trust
 

Restoring access to critical habitat for the

Sea-run Fisheries of Maine's Largest Watershed

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

Paddlers maneuvering through the whitewater at the site of the former Great Works Dam.

Paddlers maneuvering through the rapids just upstream of the where the Great Works Dam stood before its removal in 2012.


Artwork by Howland art students


Hands on Conservation! Check out artwork by Penobscot Valley High School art students in Howland, led by teacher Courtney Robbins and inspired by the Penobscot River Restoration Project.

 


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.

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Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta

The Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta is a series of national whitewater paddling events to be held in a 9.5 mile stretch of river freed by removal of the Veazie and Great Works dams. Hosted by the Penobscot Nation, the event takes place

July 20-26, 2015

FIND MORE INFO HERE!


MILESTONES

Howland Dam Bypass

construction underway in 2015

Great Works Dam

removed in 2012 

Veazie Dam

removed in 2013 

2014  FISH COUNT

Over 180,000 river herring passed the new Milford Dam fish lift, and an additional 180,000 alewife migrated up Blackman Stream!  Read more about the 2014 fish count at the link above. 

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Dam Removal Photos on Flickr


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

Penobscot Habitat Focus Area


Thanks to our many partners who made this project possible!

Scouting out the river conditions the week before the Bashabez Run


Frequently Asked Questions and Project Fact Sheet

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