Starting the last week of June a local contractor; Gilbert Berry and Sons of East Machias, began the job of insulating and siding the building with locally sawn cedar shingles. With the new roof completed last year and the new siding this summer it will be a transformation in the look of downtown and river front of East Machias.
Along with big steps in improving the exterior of EMARC, the DSF is planning a major infrastructure improvement this summer as well. If all goes well with permitting, the water intake will be installed in the river during low water in September. This development opens the possibility of rearing East Machias salmon in the facility this winter.
The DSF will also move forward with the construction of a climate controlled archival storage room at EMARC to store materials related to the history of salmon, salmon fishing, and the Downeast salmon rivers. The funding for this work came from a $5,000 grant from the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board.
To date the DSF has raised over $300,000 for EMARC in donations and grants ranging from $10 to $200,000. The total project cost is expected to be $1.2 million. When the project is completed it will include a state of the art fresh water aquatic research center, conservation hatchery, water quality lab and classroom and visitor center/ museum. It is very exciting to see big things happening, bringing East Machias ever closer to becoming the home of a fully functioning aquatic research center. For more information contact he DSF at (207)483-4336 or firstname.lastname@example.org .