"News & Issues" piece on U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt who last week app
"News & Issues" piece on U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt who last week appeared at the Edwards Dam breaching in Augusta and later personally smashed a portion of a Souadabscook Stream dam in Hampden, using a backhoe. Babbitt also planted a ceremonial tree at the site of the former Grist Mill Dam, an active hydropower generator until its removal last summer. Gov. Angus King, Penobscot Indian Nation Chief Richard Hamilton, Natural Resources Director John Banks and former Grist Mill Dam owner John Jones were also present. The next Maine dam scheduled to come down is in Brownville, on the Pleasant River, a Piscataquis River tributary. Dams on the Machias, East Machias and Presumpscot rivers are also strong candidates to join the 100-plus American dams removed in recent decades. According to American Rivers, approximately 75,000 remain. The dam removals are expected to help restore migratory fish populations, which is part of a movement Babbitt calls "American Restoration."
Carpenter, Murray, ""News & Issues" piece on U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt who last week app" (1999). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3656.