Downeast Salmon Federation          

Downeast Salmon Federation's
Mission: To conserve wild Atlantic salmon and its habitat, restore
a viable sports fishery and
protect other important river,
scenic, recreational and
ecological resources in
eastern Maine.
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Indiegogo campaign launches for the Machias River Wigwams Program 2014

The Machias River Wigwams Program is a dual-mission outdoor career education and environmental restoration program serving teens from Washington County, Maine. Participants enjoy a two week backcountry immersion experience that engages them in outdoor professions including guiding, field biology, archaeology and habitat restoration.The Machias River Wigwams Program is an opportunity to educate and inspire the next generation of Maine outdoor professionals by connecting today’s Washington County youth to outdoor traditions and giving them relevant skills and experiences.

This program is a partnership between the Downeast Salmon Federation and the Cobscook Community Learning Center, and is an expansion of a highly successful 2013 pilot.
Check out this animated video to learn a little bit more about the program and help us spread the word. The Downeast Salmon Federation is running a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform, as a new way to raise funds for this program.
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Friday, April 18TH 5 - 9
on the grounds of the Columbia Falls Fire Department
Main Street, Columbia Falls

The menu features many locally grown, regional foods and includes of smelts deep fried to perfection, delicious dinner items and dessert! This is a wonderful celebration of DSF friends, families and supporters that turn out for this one of kind event.

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Downeast Salmon Federation and Cobscook Community Learning Center present the Machias River Wigwams Program

Think you have to choose between earning money and having a fun summer? Think again!The Downeast Salmon Federation and the Cobscook Community Learning Center are working together to put on a two week experience for teens interested in outdoor careers. This co-ed youth crew will live at the Wigwams Rapid on the Machias River and work together with professionals doing trail work, salmon habitat restoration and participating in an archaeological dig. At the same time, they will paddle, gain skills, swim and finish the summer with a $200 honorarium in recognition for their contribution.
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Officials will celebrate the return of alewives at Grand Falls on June 5

After many years of effort, the Passamaquoddy Schoodic Riverkeepers, Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Bands of Maliseets, Penobscot Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and Maine Rivers join with state legislators, scientists, commercial and recreational fishermen and our Canadian counterparts to celebrate a milestone in ongoing efforts to restore access to habitat on the St. Croix watershed. Join us June 5 at 10 am at Grand Falls
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Downeast Salmon Federation announces first annual Smolt Bolt 4-miler.

On Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 10:00 AM, the Downeast Salmon Federation will host a 4-mile running race on the Downeast Sunrise Trail in Machias and East Machias Maine. The race will be a fundraiser to help complete renovations on DSF's new East Machias Aquatic Research Center. DSF is already using the EMARC facility and is raising funds to create a classroom, a wet lab and finish the visitor center.
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Maine Legislature enacts bill to let alewives run in St. Croix

By Steve
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA— The Maine Legislature passed a bill that would end an 18-year blockade that prevented alewives from running in most of the St. Croix River.
The bill, L.D. 72, passed the Senate by a vote of 33-0. The House voted 123-24 to enact the measure. The margins are sufficient to enact the emergency bill.

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Maine alewives begin a legislative run

The Marine Resources Committee unanimously supports the fish's return to much of the St. Croix River.

By Colin Woodard
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — A legislative committee has endorsed a measure that would open most of the St. Croix River to alewives, a small schooling fish, by the end of this month.

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Two local conservation groups have requested a federal judge order the temporary shutdown of turbines at four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec and Androscoggin Rivers this spring to save thousands of out-migrating young Atlantic salmon. Without a shutdown, the endangered salmon smolts will be forced through rapidly spinning turbine blades at each dam,where a high percentage will be killed in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The dams involved are Weston, Shawmut, and Lockwood dams on the Kennebec River, and Brunswick dam on the Androscoggin River.
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Alewife Questions Abound in East Machias River

Working Waterfront
by Craig Idlebrook

The St. Croix River in Washington County may host some of the most counted and studied alewives in the country. The controversy over whether to restore alewife access throughout the river has spawned multiple studies, and stakeholders have a plethora of data to crunch about the river’s alewife population.

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Give A Little Bit

First Salmon Ceremonies are integral to the culture of many indigenous people throughout the Pacific Northwest. For generations, the first catch of each year is honored as a gift, and after being shared among the community in a special meal, the bones and remnants are returned to the river, in thanksgiving for the source and the cycle of life. It’s not easy to replicate this sacred rite where money is involved, but 1% for the Planet (1% FTP) represents one attempt.
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Pokey Dam Restoration

One of our latest habitat restoration projects is occurring at the outlet of Crawford Lake. Located at the headwaters of the East Machias River, this site provides access to over 4,500 acres of lakes that are critical as alewife spawning and salmon overwintering habitats.
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Washington Academy Wetland Preserved

Wherever you go in Downeast Maine, you are in a salmon watershed. Each place provides an opportunity to make a difference for salmon conservation, and that is why DSF was excited to prepare an easement for a wetland property owned by Washington Academy (WA).
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A Solution for Acidic Streams

The Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is collaborating with Project SHARE, University of Maine, DEP, DMR and the seafood industry to use clam shells as a tool to restore biological productivity in our coastal watersheds.
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Benton festival honors the alewife

The May 19 event will celebrate the sea-run fish's return to the Sebasticook River.
BENTON - A festival in May will hail the return of alewives to the Sebasticook River and celebrate the financial and cultural impact of the sea-run fish.

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Traditional Alewife Harvest Going Strong in Woolwich

WOOLWICH — Steve Dodge, who has been helping with springtime alewife harvests in Woolwich for 54 years, held up a stick with 10 smoked fish Sunday and told a reporter to “write us up big.”
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Ribbon Cutting for East Machias Aquatic Research Center

East Machias (Channel 5 News Center) - Several thousand wild Atlantic salmon have a new home in East Machias.

The Aquatic Research Center opened it's hatchery and visitor center.

" This is really setting the stage for the next phase of restoration in our rivers. We're bringing technology in from Europe. We're bringing new methods in. We're experimenting with new approaches," said Downeast Salmon Federation Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw.

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New aquatic research center opens in East Machias

EAST MACHIAS, Maine (Channel 2 NEWS CENTER)-- Fishing can be a relaxing and peaceful experience, and a new aquatic research center has opened in East Machias to help stock fish and teach people about the environment.
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Pleasant R.:

Last Reading: 01/08/15 02:29:15 PM Temperature: -0.17
Conductivity: 0.031
DOx (%Sat):-99.9
DOx (mg/L): -99.99
pH: 6.11
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