October 17, 2019

Maine Rivers Conference on the Kennebec: May 10, 2014

A full day focused on improving passage for sea-run fish on Maine’s Kennebec River
Held at Hathaway Creative Center on the banks of the river in Waterville, ME invite_postcard6x4



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 Kennebecwaldman

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

Additional opportunities:

  • 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

Benton Falls Dam

Benton Fish Lift


Morning Session

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
  1. 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

  1. What’s the problem? – Jeff Reardon, Maine Brook Trout Project Manager, Trout Unlimited
  • Physical, social, political & economic barriers
  1. 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.

Afternoon Session


  1. Specific Sites & Opportunities  – Nate Gray, Scientist, Maine Department of Marine Resources


  1. 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


  1. 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 Banks www.mainerivers.org
Nick Bennett
John Burrows Alicia Heyburn, Event Coordinator
Laura Rose Day
Mike Herz
Rick Lawrence
Daniel Marra
Lia Morris
Clinton B. Townsend