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Bringing the Fish Back – Restoring Free-Flowing Rivers in Maine
February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Maine’s rivers were once filled with millions of fish swimming upstream from the ocean every year to spawn, providing food for people and wildlife along the way. Over time, during Maine’s long and productive history of industry, dams were built to harness the rivers’ power and roads were cut to bring goods and people together. In many places, this construction cut off sea-run and other native fish from the habitat they need to reproduce and thrive.
In recent years, through partnerships, patience and hard work, groups have come together to remove barriers to migrating fish and promote healthy, free-flowing rivers all around the state. The results have startled even the experts!
Join Landis Hudson from Maine Rivers and Joshua Royte from The Nature Conservancy as they discuss this work. Learn how it enhances and protects riverside communities, affects conditions in Merrymeeting Bay and the Gulf of Maine, and improves quality of life—for people and nature.
Landis Hudson, Maine Rivers Executive Director, will reflect on a decade of her advocacy efforts, including work to bring back a run of nearly one million alewives through the China Lake Alewife Restoration Initiative, and her work as part of the Kennebec Coalition, the Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers Alliance, and the Royal River Alliance.
Joshua Royte is a Senior Conservation Scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, part of a global non-profit dedicated to preserving the planet’s biodiversity. He brings science to strategic planning as he helps prioritize projects for conservation and restoration in Maine, and works with the Conservancy and its partners to increase this hopeful work around the globe.
This program is provided at no cost thanks to CREA Member support.