Skip to comments.Maine dam removal aims to rescue fish species
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 Maines 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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I know they took one out of the Kennebec a few years ago, somewhere between Augusta and Waterville. Sidney maybe?
Fish ladders or fish lifts allow dams and fish.
The enviro-luddites win another one.
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!
Apparently, the remaining dams, according to the article, will produce more electricity. At least they will if they weren’t going full-tilt already.
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
Prettiest little 50kw hydroelectric (read "Renewable Energy"!) dam around. The Greenies pulled a major extortion on Duke Power to get this done.
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.
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.
My solution is much quicker and way cooler: Use them as bombing targets for the Air Force! Fast demolition! Target Practice! Its a two-fer!
Every stinking one of those groups are enviro-nazis. Thanks for the ping.
Ken Salazar’s pals want to remove a string of hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River - too
YEP...re: Klamath Dams....check out www.ISPYRADIO.com for a couple of shows done this past spring on what a mess THAT is!
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.
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.
All a lot of people care about is how they taste.
In case anyone missed the subtext, it’s simply this: Fish are now more important than people.
They should be rewarded with a $2 a gallon gas tax..
Liberal reverse logic seems dominant here..
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.
Just one more monument to utter stupidity!!!
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!
Plus the stolen ATMs and cars at the old Duck Bridge in Lawrence.
However, they will eat everything that moves - any fish, ducklings, mice, snakes, etc.
Those trout and salmon you mention don't have a chance.
start of a multimillion-dollar project
The entire job could be done in a few days....not years.
Can’t do that due to silt loading that would happen down river. The water has to be released a little at a time.
Pike are “non-native”? Does Canada count?
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.