Officials Clear Way for Alewives on St. Croix River

Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation
Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation

Portland Press Herald: Here in the shadow of the Grand Falls Dam power house [Baileyville, Maine], the fish ladder is clear for alewives to climb, the boards that once prevented their passage having been taken away.

From the top of the ladder, the schooling fish have access to a staggering expanse of spawning, nursing, and feeding habitat: more than 65,000 acres of river, stream, and lake bottom straddling the Maine-New Brunswick border.

Those who fought to persuade Maine lawmakers to let the fish over the dam have high hopes that the species will kick-start the recovery of living systems laid low by past overfishing, dam building and water pollution.

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