As reported in the Winter 2003 Issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal:
"Pennsylvania Power & Light will sell the Veazie, Great Works and Howland Dams on the lower Penobscot River for $25 million to a partnership comprised of the State of Maine, the Penobscot Indian Nation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and a coalition of conservation organizations, including the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
"Upon completion of the sale, the Veazie and Great Works Dams will be removed while the Howland Dam will be decommisioned and provided with a natural fish bypass channel. To make up for the loss of hydro-power at these dams, PPL will be allowed to increase generation at other dams it owns in the Penobscot River watershed."
Said Andrew Goode, Vice President of U.S. Operations for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, "The proposed decommisioning of three dams on the Penobscot River represents the last, best chance for saving wild Atlantic salmon in the United States, and is one of the most significant projects in ASF's 50-year history."
1,114 Atlantic salmon reached the counting station at the Veazie Dam by mid-October 2003. Penobscot salmon represent the only significant population of Atlantic salmon left in the United States of America.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is a non-profit, conservation organization headquartered in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. To read more about salmon conservation, go to: www.asf.ca