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    New article posted on theflyfishingforum.com: Breaching the Veazie Dam

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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.

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    Interesting event, wish I was closer!
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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
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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..._and_after.pdf

    Great Works Dam before and after



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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.)

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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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