This conference brought together a wide variety of people to learn, listen, share, collaborate, and participate. We heard from economic development experts, hydropower operators, fishery officials, regulators, academics, watershed councils, land trusts, NGOs, students and the interested public.
Thank you to the 100+ people who attended the conference. We heard great presentations from a variety of perspectives and started meaningful conversations that will lead to improved conditions for migratory fish on the Kennebec River.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
- To Build Alliances to Restore the Native Sea Run Fish of the Kennebec River
- To Emphasize the Need to Remove Barriers and Improve Fish Passage on the Kennebec
Dr. John Waldman, noted author and aquatic conservation biologist at Queens College, CUNY, makes his first public appearance in Maine after publishing Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations
- Great Food! Morning muffins, coffee & tea, locally sourced lunch.
- Viewing fish lift and trap & truck operations at Lockwood dam adjacent to Hathaway Center
- Afternoon visit to the fish lift at Benton Falls Dam on the Sebasticook River to see the commercial harvest of alewives. Register for this limited opportunity at the conference.
- Networking Happy hour featuring Alewife Ale
8:30-9:00 Registration, Coffee/tea & pastries
Sponsored by Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships
Welcome & Keynote
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome: Landis Hudson, Executive Director of Maine Rivers
9:05-9:15 Clinton “Bill” Townsend, a founding member of Maine Rivers: A Look at History, Maine Rivers and the Kennebec’s Future.
9:15-9:20 Landis Hudson: Introduction of Dr. Waldman
9:20-10:00 Keynote: Dr. John Waldman
Sponsored by Colby College Departments of Environmental Studies and Biology
10:00-12:00 (20 minutes each + Q&A)
A. The Fish – John R.J. Burrows, Director of New England Programs, Atlantic Salmon Federation
- What are they? Where are they? Life cycle needs of each species & dispelling myths
- The Benefits – John Banks, Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Penobscot Indian Nation and Lynne Lewis, Professor of Economics, Bates College
Ecological, Economic, Social benefits of restoring sea run fish to the Kennebec River
- What’s the problem? – Jeff Reardon, Maine Brook Trout Project Manager, Trout Unlimited
- Physical, social, political & economic barriers
- What can we do? – Laura Rose Day, Executive Director, Penobscot River Restoration Trust and Nick Bennett, Staff Scientist and Watersheds Project Director, NRCM
- Lessons learned and current success @ Edwards, Fort Halifax, Penobscot River
12:00 -1:15 Lunch & Learn
Sponsored by L.L. Bean & Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College
Buffet lunch in lobby. You may eat in any public space in the building, our conference room or outside.
Tours of Lockwood Dam and a demonstration of trap & truck methods in Hathaway parking lot.
Book signing with Dr. Waldman in conference room. Register for afternoon tour of Benton Falls Dam.
- Specific Sites & Opportunities – Nate Gray, Scientist, Maine Department of Marine Resources
- Goals and Plans: The Future of the Kennebec (panel led by Landis Hudson)
- Jeff Murphy, Endangered Species Biologist, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service
- Laury Zicari, Field Supervisor, Maine Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
- Oliver Cox, Director Division of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat,
Maine Department of Marine Resources
- Calvin Neal, Station Operator, Essex Hydro
- Robert Richter, Compliance Specialist, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners
- Young of the Year – Voices of the next generation of river restoration led by Sam Day
Sam is a seventeen-year old environmental activist who will attend the College of the Atlantic
4:00-5:30 Happy Hour & networking, Hathaway Center
Sponsored by Stantec
Stick around to discuss what you heard and talk about what you can do to help restore the Kennebec. Complimentary Alewife Ale brewed by The Liberal Cup (no fish were harmed in the making of this beer), soft drinks and snacks.
Book signings with Dr. John Waldman and Douglas Watts author of Alewife
4:00-6:00 Tour of Benton Falls fish lift
Special chance for a tour of the Benton Falls fish lift; sign up is required and directions are available.
Our mission is to protect, restore and enhance the ecological health of Maine’s river systems and we can’t do it without you. Registration at this conference includes a one year membership to Maine Rivers.
|Maine Rivers Board of Directors||Contact|
|Sharri Venno, President||Landis Hudson, Executive Director|
|Laura Sewall, Vice-president||Landis@mainerivers.org|
|Curtis Bohlen, Treasurer||P.O. Box 782 Yarmouth, ME 04096|
|Jeff Reardon, Secretary||Phone: 207-847-9277|
|John Burrows||Alicia Heyburn, Event Coordinator|
|Laura Rose Day|
|Clinton B. Townsend|