Title

The River Wild.

Source

Down East

Date

10-1-2013

Pages

78-83, 96-99.

Abstract

The Penobscot River Restoration Project has attracted the attention of people from all over the world. Hydroelectric dams have blocked the spawning migrations of fish, including the Atlantic salmon whose numbers have been decimated. Other species of fish -- river herring, sturgeon, bass -- have also suffered. The article discusses the negotiations that went on for more than four years between PPL Corporation, the owner of several dams on the lower Penobscot, and various conservation groups and the Penobscot Indians who have a long history of battline to save the river, which was their means of survival for thousands of years. It is hoped that in a few years, fish populations will rebound and the river will be able to accommodate a range of human uses, including power production and recreation.

Subjects

Stream restoration, Penobscot River

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