Feds to spend $30M to restore fish habitats Down East

From Bangor Daily News 

A state project to help four species of fish pass more easily between the ocean and lakes and rivers in eastern Washington County is getting a $30 million boost from the federal government.

The money will go toward restoration projects spread out over more than 300,000 acres in roughly 20 municipalities and townships in eastern Washington County, including the replacement of undersized culverts that block fish passage. Work will be done in watersheds that drain into the lower St. Croix River, Cobscook and Passamaquoddy bays, and Grand Manan Channel.

“We are encouraged to see this level of investment,” said Dwayne Shaw, executive director of the Downeast Salmon Federation. “A program of this magnitude is beginning to approach a level commensurate with the immense importance of fisheries recovery to our region’s economy and culture.”

Alewives and blue backed herring bunch up at the Dennysville fish weir Friday. They gather in a group of several hundred to several thousant and will "Make a charge" up river. said Colby Bruchr fisheries bipologist with the Department of Marine Resources Bureau of Sea-Run fisheries and Habitat.
Photo Gabor Degre






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