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258 years is a long time to wait

A crew of construction workers from Bancroft Contractors builds the concrete forms that will become the first fish passage on Cobbossee Stream in 258 years.

A fellow Maine conservation organization, Upstream Cobossee, is celebrating this incredible milestone. This fall saw the start of the sea run fish passage construction at the "American Tissue Dam" (ATD) - the second dam upstream on the Cobossee Stream which flows to the Kennebec river in Gardiner Maine .

The ATD is a fully owned subsidiary of Kruger Energy Inc., an international business headquartered in Montreal, Canada. It was relicensed in April 2019 and the forty year license requires Kruger to complete downstream fish passage improvements for eels and alewives immediately and immediate upstream passage for American eels.

The trail along Cobbossee Stream is a real jewel and although activities were mostly self-guided this year, planning has started on a new series of guided Migration Explorations for this May. During 2019, an astounding fifty six species of birds (19 different warblers!) and thousands of alewives were documented.

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