Penobscot River Restoration
© 2010 Brent N Reece

I read a fantastic article today in the Bangor Daily News. It was about the Restoration of the famed Penobscot River. A truly beautiful and awe-inspiring river. Just a few miles from my home in Houlton, in Southern Aroostook.

Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the article:

“The decade-long effort to reopen nearly 1,000 miles of fish habitat in central and northern Maine surpassed a milestone last week when a coalition purchased three major dams on the Penobscot River north of Bangor.
The coalition of organizations working together as the Penobscot River Restoration Trust officially took possession of the Veazie, Great Works and Howland dams from PPL Corp. on Friday in a historic deal worth $24 million.
Next up for the coalition: complete plans to start dismantling or bypassing the dams over the next several years.
“We will begin work on Great Works this summer and work will begin on Veazie the following summer [in 2012],” Laura Rose Day, executive director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, said Monday. “These are essentially large deconstruction projects.”
The Penobscot endeavor has been hailed internationally as a model river restoration project.”

For a local this is a great thing. I remember spending a lot of time on the river where it coursed through the upper end of the Penobscot County, mainly in and around Sherman and Stacyville. We fished it for bass and yellow perch in the warmer stretches, and a trout or a salmon or two, in the cooler areas in spring and fall. It was a great place to be a kid and a great place to learn to fish.

Take a moment to go read the article over on BDN’s Site and think back. Is there a river you would like to save near where you are or where you grew up? It all starts with one person……

Merry Christmas
Brent Reece