How Removing One Maine Dam 20 Years Ago Changed Everything • The Revelator

This was the first time the commission used its authority to deny a permit against the wishes of a dam owner. And it hasn’t been done since.

It wasn’t just the commission’s ruling that was groundbreaking; it was also the first time a dam was coming down on the main stem of a river and not a smaller tributary, which Graber says was a significant achievement. “It was a pivotal moment for us to build a national movement to take out dams,” he adds.