Maine’s Mousam River Dams Face Change

Portland-Press-Dam For more than a century, a series of dams has prevented fish from swimming up and down the Mousam River [Maine] as it wends its way through York County to the Atlantic Ocean.

Now, however, some conservationists and residents see a potentially historic opportunity to restore fish access to the lower portion of the waterway that once powered mills in Sanford and Kennebunk.

The future of three hydroelectric dams owned by the Kennebunk Light and Power District is headed toward a formal federal review. The district is just beginning to study the costs and benefits of keeping the dams, but a local group is hoping the dams will be removed or modified to allow migratory fish such as shad and alewives to move freely through the Mousam River as it flows through downtown Kennebunk.

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