Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is currently working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) to raise $120k that will go toward a feasibility study to be conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), which will look at options for modification or removal of the ice dam on the Narraguagus River in the Town of Cherryfield. The ice dam currently impedes diadromous fish passage between salt and fresh water, contributing to the decline of the once highly productive salmon fisheries along with American shad, alewives, blueback herring, sea-run brook trout, American eel, sea lamprey, and striped bass.
The modification or removal of the ice dam is one important step being taken by many partners to restore this river. Because the Narraguagus is such highly productive habitat, federal and state agencies, municipalities, county government, and non-governmental organizations are involved with the mutual goal of seeing wild fish populations thrive once again.
DSF expects to receive the stream metric specifications needed to begin the first part of the Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study in early 2018. Then we will hire a local company to conduct a bathymetric and topographic survey. The resulting data will be analyzed by the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL), which will complete the first stage of the feasibility study.
To donate toward the work of helping to restore the Narraguagus River, you can mail a check with the note “Narraguagus Ice Dam Project” to P.O. Box 201, Columbia Falls, Maine 04623 or donate via our website HERE. Thank you for your support!