VEAZIE, Maine (AP) — The removal of the Veazie Dam is set to begin later this month.
The breaching of the dam, one of the final impediments to a free-flowing Penobscot River, is set to begin on July 22. Sargent Corp. has been hired to remove the dam, which spans the river between Veazie and Eddington.
The removal of the century-old dam is aimed at restoring native sea-run fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon.
The effort started last summer with the removal of the Great Works Dam in Bradley. Once the Veazie dam is removed, and another dam is bypassed, 1,000 miles of upstream habitat will be opened to sea-run fish.