Biggest dam-removal project in eastern North America begins in Maine
Posted by David Brooks | Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Portland Press-Herald has a big examination of a huge river retsoration project designed to bring salmon back to the Penobscot River in Maine, the longest river in that state. Read it here.
After 13 years of legal, political and engineering work, the largest-ever river restoration project in eastern North America begins Monday morning, when a 40-ton excavator aims its percussion hammer at the defunct concrete fishway of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River.
The $62 million project, to be completed in 2014, includes removing two dams and improving fish passages at two others. In the end, 1,000 miles of the Penobscot and its tributaries will be accessible to Atlantic salmon and other native sea-run fish for the first time in nearly two