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Passamaquoddy Tribe Re-Acquires Land Whose Former Owner Was Called 'Maine’s Most Wanted Polluter'
Passamaquoddy Tribe members Donald Soctomah Jr., Donald Soctomah Sr. and Dale Mitchell stand on fill above the site of an ancient tribal village in Meddybemps, Maine.
Reporter Fred Bever with Maine Public wrote a compelling piece this week following the removal of the dam in Meddybemps that we highlighted previously.
Bever writes 'Last week a big excavator put the final touches on a dig-site by the headwaters of the Denny's River, where clean fill has replaced hundreds of square yards of contaminated soil. That capped an era of pollution that started 75 years ago.'
The complicated story is one of restoration and redemption of important local land, but also of its tragic history. You can read the full story here: https://www.mainepublic.org/environment-and-outdoors/2021-09-22/passamaquoddy-tribe-re-acquires-land-whose-former-owner-was-called-maines-most-wanted-polluter