Tag Archives: Penobscot River Restoration Project

Stripers in Old Town? You bet!

Denis Dauphinee of Bradley celebrates after he catches his first striped bass in seven years during a recent trip on the Penobscot River. In the ensuing days, Dauphinee and his son have caught more than 100 stripers in the river. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

The trip was, supposedly, a shad-fishing expedition. That’s what we told each other, and, as you can read here, the shad did cooperate when a group of anglers headed to Old Town’s Shad Rips last week. But there were surprises lurking in the waters of the Penobscot River, we quickly found out. Pete Douvarjo of […]

Shad, river herring pouring into Penobscot

Cory Gardner, a research technician working for UMaine’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology and USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, holds a radio receiver above the surface of the water, listening for tagged salmon and shad, on Friday, while floating from Old Town to Brewer on the Penobscot River in 2014. BDN photo by Aislinn Sarnacki

Several years ago, before the removal of two dams on the Penobscot River as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, I spoke with a conservationist who had a pretty good idea what would transpire in the future. That man, Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited, pointed at the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River, which […]

Mussel men (and women) wanted for Penobscot relocation effort

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust marked another milestone last week when an earthen cofferdam at the Veazie Dam site was breached, allowing water to flow naturally. The expected result: The water level above the dam has dropped significantly. And that means that there’s plenty more work to be done … and the PRRT is looking […]

Salmon returns on Penobscot slow

After a 2012 season during which only 624 Atlantic salmon were counted at the Veazie Dam fish trap, conservationists hoped that trend — one that was mirrored in Canadian salmon rivers as well — would end with a banner 2013 season. Don’t get alarmed … yet. But it hasn’t started out that way. As of […]

Penobscot discoloration no cause for alarm

Over the weekend I began receiving emails that sounded pretty grim. In a nutshell, veteran river-watchers on the Penobscot were concerned because the river was running brown, with plenty of sediment floating downstream. Members of the Veazie Salmon Club, who often meet at their clubhouse to play cards in the mornings (and who are, as […]

Great Works dam breached

Workers reached another milestone over the weekend as the Great Works Dam in Bradley was breached. The dam was among two that are going to be removed as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project — a fish bypass will be built at a third — opening 1,000 miles of habitat to sea-run fish. That […]

Tribal team to raise Penobscot restoration funds at Boston Marathon

Thousands of runners will toe the starting line of the 116th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., on April 16. Among them will be three marathoners with ties to the Penobscot Indian Nation who will be racing as fund-raisers on behalf of The Nature Conservancy and the Penobscot River Restoration Project. “Team Penobscot” consists of former […]