River restoration proponents are celebrating the completion of the construction phase of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, one of the largest, most innovative river restoration projects in history. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Penobscot Indian Nation, seven conservation groups including Trout Unlimited, hydropower companies PPL Corporation and Black Bear Hydro, LLC, and state and federal agencies, are working together to restore Atlantic salmon and 10 other species of sea-run fish to the Penobscot River.
The project features two dam removals and recent completion of a fish bypass at the Howland Dam, where partners in the project gathered on Tuesday, June 14, to celebrate the ambitious effort. Combined with additional fish passage enhancements at four other dams owned by Black Bear Hydro, the project will significantly improve access to nearly 1,000 miles of habitat for sea-run fish.
Link (via Trout Unlimited)