Wildlife Thrives on Kennebec Thanks to Dam Removal

Wildlife Thrives on Kennebec Thanks to Dam Removal
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CentralMaine.com: The first water to flow through when Edwards Dam was breached 15 years ago was brown and thick with mud from the earthen cofferdam built for the occasion.

Environmental and fisheries advocates say [Maine’s] Kennebec River has been looking better and getting healthier ever since the 917-foot-long dam was removed on July 1, 1999, returning 17 miles of upstream water to free-flowing after they were blocked by the dam for the previous 172 years.

With the removal of Fort Halifax Dam in Winslow in 2008, the Kennebec now has the largest run of alewives and river herring on the eastern seaboard, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Read more about wildlife thriving on Maine’s Kennebec River.