Enviros Targeting Presumpscot River

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Enviros Targeting Presumpscot River

Restoration of Presumpscot River in southern Maine eyed
By Associated Press, 6/20/2002 10:30GORHAM, Maine (AP) With water quality improved following a pulp mill's closing, conservationists are now aiming at restoring once-abundant sea run fisheries in southern Maine's Presumpscot River. Several nonprofit groups and public agencies are working with Sappi Fine Paper on a plan to manage one of the nation's oldest industrial rivers and possibly restoring the Presumpscot's fisheries. Sappi closed its pulp-making facility in Westbrook three years ago and the 26-mile long river is cleaner than it's been in a century. The pending removal of the Smelt Hill dam in Falmouth will restore sea run fisheries on seven miles of the river, and the re-licensing of five other hydropower dams will likely lead to the installation of fish ladders on at least three dams. In addition to Sappi, the key participants are the Portland Water District, the Friends of the Presumpscot River, the University of Southern Maine and the Maine departments of Environmental Protection and Marine Resources. Also included are the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Coastal Conservation Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A restoration could involve fish ladders, removal of dams or other approaches. [url=http://www.boston.com/dailynews/171/region/Restoration_of_Presumpscot_Ri...