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Great Works Dam Removal – Penobscot River

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
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Maine Audubon staff members will be in attendance at a day long event, Monday June 11 2012, to mark and celebrate restoring the Penobscot River and reviving its communities, fisheries and wildlife with the removal of the Great Works Dam.

The day kicks off on Indian Island at Sockalexis Hall with a live broadcast from the site where dismantling of the Great Works Dam will begin. A live, online video stream here is being made available, updates to twitter using the hashtag #RestorePenobscot, will be viewable on this search page, and photos and video will be posted throughout the day.

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust web site has more information on the project, and, the day’s event details are on this page as well.

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is the non-profit organization charged with implementing the core aspects of the restoration effort, including purchase and removal of the two lowermost dams on the Penobscot River, Veazie and Great Works, and purchase and decommissioning of a third dam, Howland Dam, where a fish bypass will be constructed. Members of the Trust include the Penobscot Indian Nation, American Rivers, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Maine Audubon, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Trout Unlimited, and The Nature Conservancy. The tribe and each conservation organization is represented on the board of directors, along with three additional board members.