Photo courtesy of Atlantic Salmon Foundation
Photo courtesy of Atlantic Salmon Foundation

#4 Maine's Atlantic Salmon Rivers

Threat: Dams

We must restore passage to Maine’s Atlantic Salmon Rivers to help save Atlantic salmon.

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Union River, ME | Photo by Brett Ciccotelli

Atlantic salmon once filled rivers across New England, but today the species is on the brink of extinction, in large part due to the habitat destruction caused by dams. State and federal agencies are considering renewing the permits and licenses of dams on three of Maine’s largest salmon rivers: the Kennebec, Penobscot and Union rivers. These rivers contain substantial amounts of climate-resilient, high-quality habitat that will support wild, self-sustaining runs of Atlantic salmon – but only if the salmon are able to get upstream. The state of Maine and federal agencies must use their authority under the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and Federal Power Act to restore river health and connectivity on these rivers and ensure a future for the fish, wildlife and people that depend on them.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Downeast Salmon Federation
  • Maine Rivers
  • Atlantic Salmon Federation
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