On July 1st, 1999, Edwards Dam in Augusta, Maine was removed, opening up miles of river for anadromous fish. The removal was an incredible event for the river, the state and the country, as after years of debate, it was finally decided that removal of the dam would yield greater benefits than the continued power production. The dam was ordered removed by the federal government. This was the first (and only, to date) time such a decision was made. These benefits - especially those related to the greatly improved fishery, water quality and wilderness surrounding the river - are ones that I and many others in the Solid Hookups community have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy, first hand, for the rest of our lives.
As the ten year anniversary of the removal was last week, a number of good articles have popped up in newspapers and on the internets. Below are a few links to check out:
Natural Resources Council of Maine blog post, with video.
NRCM Edwards Dam info.
Kennebec Journal article.
Another KJ article.