A dam removed...a river restored
Yesterday was a moment a long time coming. The Downeast Salmon Federation and Maine Department of Marine Resources are removed the abandoned Meddybemps Powerhouse. The powerhouse was part of a licensed hydroelectric project in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s but has been abandoned for many years and has acted as a barrier to free movement of fish and other aquatic organisms into Meddybemps Lake.
This project is supported by a wide array of partners including the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Nature Conservancy, Meddybemp's Lake Association, Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, USFWS, and other countless supporters. The descendants of the dam's builder have been instrumental in helping complete this project.
Bangor ABC7 Fox 22 covered the event with this video: https://www.foxbangor.com/news/item/dam-between-meddybemps-lake-and-dennys-river-removed/