Reimagining our Rivers: Restoration & Dam Removal in Maine

Veazie Dam, removed in 2013. Photo courtesy of Penobscot River Restoration Trust & National Geographic.

When:
Wednesday, April 12th 8:30 – 10:30 AM

Location:
Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME


Registration

Advanced Registration $5

Same-day Registration $10

Maine’s rivers are now, and have always been, important natural resources and economic generators for the state. Moving logs during river drives and hydroelectric projects have provided transportation and electricity to power Maine’s homes and industry. Today, 45 years after the Clean Water Act, Maine’s waterways have benefited from restrictions on pollutants and are now clean enough to swim, boat, and fish in. During Maine’s industrial age, downtowns turned their backs on the dirty, smelly rivers but now communities are considering using their waterfronts as tools for economic growth and beautification.

Join GrowSmart Maine and the Maine Environmental Sustainability Network in an exploration of how communities can re-imagine and re-embrace the rivers in their own backyards. Presenters from the conservation and municipal sectors will guide a discussion that includes the history of rivers and their uses here in Maine, the current condition of Maine’s waterways, and the promise of healthy rivers for future Mainers. Hear stories and learn from those who have successfully restored and are continuing the work to restore Maine’s rivers, large and small.

Presenters

  • Eric Cousens Deputy Director of Economic & Community Development, City of Auburn
  • Landis Hudson Executive Director, Maine Rivers
  • Michael Shaughnessy President of the Board, Friends of Presumpscot River

Program

8:30am Networking Breakfast

9am Panel Presentation & Discussion

10am Networking & Continued Conversation

10:30am-12pm Optional Deep Dive: Topic-Centered Strategy Session

Great Works Dam Removal, Penobscot River. Photo Courtesy of Penobscot River Restoration Trust and Maine Dept of Marine Resources

Great Works Dam Removal, Penobscot River, 2012. Photo Courtesy of Penobscot River Restoration Trust and Maine Dept of Marine Resources.