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The Second Huge Dam on Maine’s Penobscot River Comes Down, Opening Miles of Habitat for Anadromous Fishes


Written by: Phil Monahan

Yesterday saw yet another step in the completion of the $62 million Penobscot River Restoration Project—a collaboration among the hydropower company that owned the river’s dams, state and federal officials, conservation groups, and. . .

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Bringing Alewives Back to the Penobscot River

Written by: Andrew Goode, vice president of U.S. programs for the Atlantic Salmon Federation


The old low-head dam on Pushaway Lake blocked access to migrating alewives.
Photo courtesy ASF

In what has the potential to be Maine’s single largest restoration project for sea-run alewives, the Atlantic Salmon Foundation recently completed a Denil fishway (a design developed in 1909 by a Belgian scientist, G. Denil) at the outlet to Pushaw Lake in Maine’s Penobscot watershed. The Orvis Conservation Fund provided a small grant for this work and has previously provided funding for the ongoing large dam removals on the. . .

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Video: “Enough is Enough” for California’s Famed McCloud River


Written by: Phil Monahan

Enough Is Enough is the story of northern California’s McCloud River, its fish, and its unique impact on fly fishing around the world. The short documentary explains what makes the river special and outlines the threats to its future. But aside from its important message, this is also just a gorgeous piece of filmmaking about rivers and fly fishing. I have never been to the McCloud, but I hope that the conservation community can do everything possible to. . .

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