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Maine dam removal aims to rescue fish species
Boston Globe ^ | June 11, 2012 | David Abel

Posted on 06/12/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT by george76

When the steel claw of an excavator slashes into the berm of the Great Works Dam on Monday morning, it will mark the start of a multimillion-dollar project to allow endangered and dwindling species to return to their historic spawning grounds along Maine’s longest river, the Penobscot.

When the project is done - scheduled for 2015, after an additional dam is razed and another bypassed - it will open access to 1,000 miles of habitat for the native fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon and short-nosed sturgeon that journey from the Gulf of Maine to breed in the cold, fresh waters of the Penobscot. That is more than any dam removal and river restoration effort in the country, state and federal officials say.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: agenda21; americanrivers; animalrights; ar; atlanticsalmon; audubon; damremoval; endangered; energy; fish; hydroelectric; hydroelectricdams; kensalazar; klamath; klamathriver; maineaudubon; natureconservancy; river; salazar; salmon; sturgeon; un; unagenda21

1 posted on 06/12/2012 8:29:13 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

I know they took one out of the Kennebec a few years ago, somewhere between Augusta and Waterville. Sidney maybe?


2 posted on 06/12/2012 8:36:00 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: george76

Good eats!


3 posted on 06/12/2012 8:37:11 PM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: george76

Fish ladders or fish lifts allow dams and fish.

The enviro-luddites win another one.


4 posted on 06/12/2012 8:37:31 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: george76

Sometimes these old dams don’t even produce electricity or hold back floodwaters. They’re basically ancient relics impeding fish production.

My solution is much quicker and way cooler: Use them as bombing targets for the Air Force! Fast demolition! Target Practice! It’s a two-fer!


5 posted on 06/12/2012 8:37:56 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The Presidential Race is about the relative light reflectivity of your Socialist Slavemaster.)
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To: GladesGuru

Apparently, the remaining dams, according to the article, will produce more electricity. At least they will if they weren’t going full-tilt already.


6 posted on 06/12/2012 8:42:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: GladesGuru; jazusamo; girlangler; proud_yank; Flycatcher; SierraWasp

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust, whose partners include The Nature Conservancy, American Rivers, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Maine Audubon, Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Penobscot Indian Nation and


7 posted on 06/12/2012 8:42:22 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
They took out the Tuckaseegee dam at Dillsboro, NC to save the Endangered Elk-Toe Mussel!

Prettiest little 50kw hydroelectric (read "Renewable Energy"!) dam around. The Greenies pulled a major extortion on Duke Power to get this done.


8 posted on 06/12/2012 8:46:48 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Past Your Eyes

The Howland dam proposal has proved to be the most controversial of the three due to concerns that invasive northern pike also will use the new fish bypass, threatening the prized brook trout and landlocked salmon fisheries upstream of the dam.

Pike are a non-native species similar to the pickerel but much larger and with a voracious appetite.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/07/21/news/bangor/penobscot-river-dam-removal-fish-restoration-project-approved/


9 posted on 06/12/2012 8:47:33 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
NUKE
THE FISH!!

10 posted on 06/12/2012 8:48:53 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: george76

This has NOTHING to do with “rescuing fish”!
This is all about “screw human beings and productivity”.

If it hasn’t been effective in flood control, that is due to ignorant water release rules.


11 posted on 06/12/2012 8:52:38 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: Uncle Miltie

My solution is much quicker and way cooler: Use them as bombing targets for the Air Force! Fast demolition! Target Practice! It’s a two-fer!

http://www.thedambusters.org.uk/


12 posted on 06/12/2012 8:53:57 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: george76

Every stinking one of those groups are enviro-nazis. Thanks for the ping.


13 posted on 06/12/2012 8:57:41 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: BwanaNdege; tubebender; Grampa Dave; NVDave; Seadog Bytes

Ken Salazar’s pals want to remove a string of hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River - too


14 posted on 06/12/2012 8:59:30 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

YEP...re: Klamath Dams....check out www.ISPYRADIO.com for a couple of shows done this past spring on what a mess THAT is!


15 posted on 06/12/2012 9:02:08 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: george76

Franklin Roosevelt was borderline for a communist. But even communists in those days would never have tolerated this kind of ****. If anybody had ever walked up to FDR and suggested dynamiting any sort of a dam or hydroelectric plant for the sake of lizards or fish, that would have been the last day of that idiot’s life, Roosevelt would have ordered him taken out behind the barn and shot through the head.


16 posted on 06/12/2012 9:05:21 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: george76

The purpose of UN Agenda 21 is to zone all private property out of existence and herd all the human cattle into high-rise corrals where they can be inventoried and controlled until the time for the Final Solution arrives.


17 posted on 06/12/2012 9:11:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: george76

All a lot of people care about is how they taste.


18 posted on 06/12/2012 9:16:32 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: george76

In case anyone missed the subtext, it’s simply this: Fish are now more important than people.


19 posted on 06/12/2012 9:42:29 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: george76

They should be rewarded with a $2 a gallon gas tax..
Liberal reverse logic seems dominant here..


20 posted on 06/12/2012 9:43:15 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: george76

WTSHTF, don’t come to Maine looking for food, including a good fish fry.

Grilled me a 21” trout on this past week end...good for the tummy and good for my pocketbook.


21 posted on 06/12/2012 10:34:24 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (tahk)
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To: george76; Grampa Dave; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; calcowgirl; Amerigomag; Randy Larsen; ...

Just one more monument to utter stupidity!!!


22 posted on 06/12/2012 10:58:10 PM PDT by SierraWasp ("GovernMental austerity first, THEN conservative prosperity!!! Austerity breeds properity!!!)
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If the dam isn’t needed, why keep it? Apparently its removal isn’t going to impair electricity, and will allow a restoration of things natural. What’s wrong with that?

I remember growing up in the general area, hearing about what used to be in the rivers that was long gone even way back then. I think it would be pretty kewl to have those species back so folks can enjoy renewed fishing!

I agree that environmentalwackos get carried away, and that Agenda 21 is bad for everybody, but getting carried away in the other direction isn’t any better either. There does have to be healthy balance, there’s no wrong in that.

Maine is an absolutely beautiful state and I find it refreshing that rivers are being cleaned up, and native species of fish and wildlife restored!

I remember the Merrimack River in Massachusetts when it smelled so bad it was sickening. It was nothing but a rusty oil slick and good for nothing. It was absolutely putrid, and ugly, trash filled and gross with dead birds and dead fish. It was good to see the improvements, and it was a joy to see people able to enjoy that river.

Why would anybody complain if we remove man made stuff that isn’t needed anymore, and restore good health? We ALL benefit from that. Now if they starve the man to save the bug...that’s gone too far!


23 posted on 06/13/2012 12:10:01 AM PDT by PrairieLady2
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I remember the Merrimack River in Massachusetts when it smelled so bad it was sickening. It was nothing but a rusty oil slick and good for nothing. It was absolutely putrid, and ugly, trash filled and gross with dead birds and dead fish. It was good to see the improvements, and it was a joy to see people able to enjoy that river.

Plus the stolen ATMs and cars at the old Duck Bridge in Lawrence.

24 posted on 06/13/2012 12:28:39 AM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: george76
Pike are very good cut into steaks, battered with corn meal/egg, and deep fried.

However, they will eat everything that moves - any fish, ducklings, mice, snakes, etc.

Those trout and salmon you mention don't have a chance.

25 posted on 06/13/2012 1:36:09 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: george76

start of a multimillion-dollar project


How about a multimillion-cent project? Use dynamite or other cheap explosives.

The entire job could be done in a few days....not years.


26 posted on 06/13/2012 4:57:31 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DH

Can’t do that due to silt loading that would happen down river. The water has to be released a little at a time.


27 posted on 06/13/2012 6:00:35 AM PDT by smithandwesson76subgun (full auto fun)
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To: george76

Pike are “non-native”? Does Canada count?


28 posted on 06/13/2012 7:24:41 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: george76
Thanks for the ping, George!

If the libs really want to remove dams, I say start with the Hetch Hetchy.

Of course, that won't happen. Libs are hypocrites. Simple as that.

29 posted on 06/13/2012 4:08:02 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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