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Dam Removal Expected to Help Restore Fish Stocks

As the New York Times reported this week, the removal of the Great Works Dam from the Penobscot River is expected to result in increased stocks of the endangered Atlantic salmon, alewives, shad, sturgeon, river herring, and other fish species.  See photographs of early stages of the dam removal here.

Verrill Dana represents the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, which is funding the removal of hydroelectric dams from the Penobscot River with no net loss in energy production.  The Trust’s historic public-private initiative has earned it national attention and acclaim.


Photographs of Historic Great Works Dam Removal

The historic and collaborative Great Works Dam removal and Penobscot River Restoration project is underway.  Below are photographs from June 11, the first day of the dismantling.  Click on each thumbnail for a full-size image.




Penobscot River Dam Removal Gets National Attention; Live Stream Available

The dismantling of the Penobscot River’s Great Works Dam has begun, part of a project that Forbes calls a “hat trick.”  A live stream of the dam removal is available here

The Penobscot River Restoration project involves the removal of several dams along the river to allow fish stocks to replenish, while energy production is increased at other dams with no net loss of electric generation. 

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust closed on the purchase of Great Works (and other dams) in December 2010.  Verrill Dana represents the Trust in this unique and historic public-private collaboration to improve the environment while maintaining important local sources of energy.


Penobscot River Restoration Trust Purchases Three Maine Dams, Significantly Improving Fish Passage

Today, the Penobscot River Restoration Trust announced that it has closed on the purchase of three dams on the Penobscot River, the Great Works, Howland and Veazie dams, from PPL Corporation for the price of roughly $24 million.  The Trust plans to remove the Veazie and Great Works dams and install fish passage around the Howland dam.  These efforts will significantly improve access to approximately 1,000 miles of river habitat for eleven species of sea-run fish, including Atlantic salmon, sturgeon and river herring. 

The purchase is part of a public-private collaborative effort to restore natural fish runs, involving the Trust, PPL Corporation, the Penobscot Indian Nation, federal and state agencies and several conservation groups.

In addition to the fish passage benefits resulting from the deal, it is excepted that hydropower generation on the Penobscot River will be maintained at current levels, and could even increase once the project is complete.

Verrill Dana attorneys represented the Trust in this matter, including lead counsel, Scott Anderson, with support from Johanna Babb, Molly Callaghan, Mark Googins, Tony Calcagni, and Nora Healy.