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Union River Public Meeting

Public Meeting hosted by Downeast Salmon Federation
When Jul 09, 2019
from 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Ellsworth High School, 299 State St, Ellsworth, Maine 04605
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Contact Phone (207) 483-4336
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Your voice is needed! The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is gathering input on the future of the Union River Dams. Come out and let MDEP know what matters to you on the Union River and your concerns about Graham Lake levels and fish kills. See you there!

For the last several years the Downeast Salmon Federation has had the unfortunate opportunity to bear witness to young of the year river herring and adult American eels that are killed by the operation of the Leonard Lake hydropower dam on the Union River in downtown Ellsworth. This monitoring pushed Brookfield—the dam’s operators—to study downstream eel passage survival. The study yielded some discouraging numbers, showing that several of the dam’s turbines are highly efficient at killing adult eels. The results of the study did, however, push Brookfield to adopt a new operating plan that attempts to minimize the chances of killing eels during the peak of their migration. This is the first step in the right direction, but this year showed that it is not enough.

Starting October 12, 2016, DSF staff and volunteers documented and collected river herring and eels that had been killed or maimed while passing over the dam’s downstream “fish-passage” or through its turbines in what has become an ongoing fish kill. We hope this data and the media response to the kills will inform regulators and the public that there is a need for change and that there are many more steps that must be taken to begin the recovery of the Union River’s native fisheries.

How to take action on the Union River:

Stay informed by signing up for DSF’s Union River email list if you haven’t already. We’re doing our best to keep you informed and up to date on the re-licensing process as it develops. Email shelley@mainesalmonrivers.org to let us know you want to be on the list.

Sign the emailto:shelley@mainesalmonrivers.orgnline Citizen and Stakeholder Petition on the Union River Dams— FERC Project P-2727— and talk with others in your neighborhood about signing the petition as well. Please return any hard copy Union River Petitions to Downeast Salmon Federation so that we can properly submit the document to FERC. Mail the petition to: Downeast Salmon Federation, P.O. Box 201, Columbia Falls, Maine 04623. You can also contact DSF staff members Brett Ciccotelli or Shelley Hart and hand the signed petition to one of us in person.

Send a comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Your voice matters. Learn how to comment here: How to eComment with FERC.

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