Veazie home owners unhappy with dam removal

6:27 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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VEAZIE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been 3 months since the removal process started on the Veazie Dam. Since then water levels up stream of the Penobscot River have dropped dramatically.

According to those who live by the river, The removal affected water levels up stream exposing rock near the dam's sight. A change that has struck a chord with those who live along the Penobscot, like Steve Deschesne.

"Now we've got the rocks and that sort of thing so it's taking a lot of the scenery away," said Deschesne.

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust headed up the dam's removal to allow around 11 different species of sea fish to migrate up the Penobscot that hadn't been able to do so for more than 200 years. According to the Deputy Director of the organization, George Aponte Clarke, most homeowners nearby were on board with the demolition.

"For a large part people understand what our objectives are and there's always a range of opinions," said Clarke. "In this case we've had some pretty broad support."

According to the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, the entire construction project at the Veazie Dam site is expected to be finished by Spring. They are hoping to see a noticeable increase in Sea Fish populations by the summer months.  

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