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Old 01-02-2014, 12:36 PM
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Question Return of the Ghost Fish

Will removing dams from the Penobscot River restore Atlantic salmon and other migratory fish and through them, New England's great forests to their former glory?

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Very nice (long) summary report of what's going on with the river.
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Mentioned in the above article is the Veazie Salmon Club. A nice blog post about it found HERE.

The author has a pretty interesting Salmon blog too. Check it out HERE.
(scroll down for local info)
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Interesting read. I agree that dam removal on the Penobscot is only part of the restoration. However, I think in the years following their removal, if the salmon populations don't improve, many nay sayers will be saying "I told you so."
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Won't know if you do not try - these dams have long outlived their purpose
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:58 PM
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The dam on Adams Pond in Derry was recently opened up. The pond had been home to very large warm-water fish, snapping turtles, otters, and it wasn't uncommon to see an osprey in a tree. With the dam gone it is now a narrow channel of muddy water. Hopefully the fish and otters were able to make it to another pond upstream. This stream flows into Beaver Lake which I believe is stocked with brook trout. Maybe, years down the road, the former Adams Pond will become suitable brook trout habitat. I imagine it was at one point prior to the creation of the dam.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:07 AM
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Riparian Corridor restorations are best thought of as a long journey. The first step in the journey is the removal of the dam. The second is soil chemistry changes in the formerly flooded soils. Third pioneering species (early successional) colonize the soils. Fourth Shrubs and forbes, and so on until a mature riparian plant community evolves.

In the case of the Penobscot River, due to its scale, it is a little more complicated.
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Removing edwards dam on the kennebec was only 15 years ago the changes have been dramatic, the penobscott has as much if not more potential, we need to keep pushing for dam removal and better water level management at the lake level that feed these dams.
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