Restoring the Sheepscot River

The Sheepscot River is incredibly significant for fish populations in Maine, as it is home to endangered wild Atlantic Salmon as well as native Brook Trout, among many other species such as alewives, eels, and sturgeon.  However these fish face several physical barriers including dams that separate them from their historic spawning habitat.

Midcoast Conservancy has formed partnerships with Atlantic Salmon Foundation (ASF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), municipalities and state agencies and we are working to reconnect fish with their breeding areas in a way that allows the public to enjoy all the benefits of the river. Check out photos of the Cooper’s Mills Dam being removed.

ASF & TNC have partnered with us to hire Maranda Nemeth to lead the initiative to restore fisheries, improve public safety and access and honor the rich mill history in the Sheepscot watershed.

Click here to read more about research related to the restoration of sea-run species, especially as it relates to Sheepscot Pond.

Other Projects on the River

With help from dedicated volunteers we monitor the water quality at nine locations using the latest technology. This river is among the cleanest in Maine, but six tributaries are listed as “impaired” by the State and are a high priority for us to work towards restoring the water quality.

Contact Garrison Beck for more information

 

To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.

 Aldo Leopold, Round River