Groups Seek to Bring Alewives Back to China Lake, ME

Groups Seek Removal of 2 Maine Dams
Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation

The Portland Press Herald reports on the efforts of a coalition of conservation groups and government agencies to bypass or remove the 6 remaining dams on Outlet Stream in Vassalboro, Maine, and restore the annual alewife run in China Lake. The fish have returned to the Sebasticook River, which is at the northern end of Outlook Stream, following recent dam removals.

The article says that bringing alewives back to Outlet Stream could cost $2 million, but could also add up to a million adult alewives to the annual run that migrates up the Kennebec River each spring. That would equate to a minimum 30% increase in the Kennebec population of alewives.

Read more about the efforts to improve the alewife run on the Kennebec River and China Lake.