Veazie Dam demolition begins on Penobscot River

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VEAZIE, Maine (AP) - Removal of the Veazie Dam on Maine's Penobscot River has begun, which environmentalists say is a monumental step toward bringing back the river's once abundant marine life.

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Demolition of the 830-foot-long dam between Veazie and Eddington near Bangor began Monday.

It's part of the $62 million Penobscot River Restoration Project, which also included the removal of the Great Works Dam last summer. The project also calls for building fish passages at the Howland dam.

Organizers say that sea-run fish like Atlantic salmon, American shad and river herring have declined in the Penobscot River in part because dams block sea-run fish from reaching their spawning, rearing, and nursery habitats.

The project is expected to bring back recreation and tourism opportunities like fishing, fly rod-making, bird-watching and paddling to the Bangor area.

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