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Breaching the Veazie Dam

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You are invited to this historic event that will reconnect Maine’s Penobscot River to the sea for the first time in nearly 200 years!

 

A report from the Atlantic Salmon Federation:


The  has been a partner in the restoration of the Penobscot River in Maine from the idea's inception, and takes great pleasure in the milestone breaching of the Veazie Dam on Monday July 22.


Everyone is welcome to come along and share this major development with others who care about the future of Maine's great Penobscot River.


For full details visit the Atlantic Salmon Federation website.







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Comments (6 posted):

swampdonkey on 19/07/2013 12:39:39
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I grew up in that corner of Maine and when I was about 5 or 6 I can remember my uncle fishing every day during the Atlantic Salmon run in the East Machias river (about 1:45 minutes from Veazie). It will be interesting to see if those Maine rivers will ever re-establish a salmon run.
mcnerney on 19/07/2013 14:09:37
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Interesting event, wish I was closer!
fredaevans on 19/07/2013 15:59:35
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Larry, any idea if this will be filmed? Ask as we've had a few 'go away' here in the PNW and it was really something to see when they blew the dam(s). Fred
Rip Tide on 20/07/2013 14:49:57
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The breaching of the Veazie Dam is part 2 of a large Penobscot River restoration. The Great Works Dam was removed last year 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 (the first completed in 2012) 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. http://www.penobscotriver.org/assets/Habitat_Access_-_before_and_after.pdf Great Works Dam before and after
moucheur2003 on 20/07/2013 16:34:11
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Not for the first time. Back in the days of the 19th century lumber barons, Messrs. Veazie and Dwinel were bitter Bangor rivals who were constantly suing each other over one business dispute or another. One time the logs of one of them (I forget which one) jammed up at the other's dam and couldn't reach the mill downriver, so he went out in the middle of the night with a case of dynamite, blew up the dam to clear the logjam, sued for reimbursement of the cost of the dynamite, and won! It went all the way up to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which upheld the right of private citizens to use "self-help" to clear private obstructions in public waterways. (A worthy precedent that sadly appears no longer to have the effect of governing law.)
Rip Tide on 22/07/2013 13:11:49
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Here's the live stream They start at 10am EDT http://www.penobscotriver.org/ Click the title at the top of the screen [[ame="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/veazie-dam-breaching"]Veazie Dam Breaching on USTREAM: Veazie Dam Breaching, July 22, 2013For more information on the historic Penobscot River Restoration Project visit www.pen...[/ame]
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