Groups to celebrate stream restoration

Posted Sept. 14, 2010, at 10:28 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — The restoration of Sedgeunkedunk Stream will be discussed and celebrated Friday and Saturday at a symposium at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road.

The Sedgeunkedunk Stream Symposium and Celebration is sponsored by the Lower Penobscot Watershed Coalition, Fields Pond Audubon Center and Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine.

The collaborative, community-based project, including removal of two dams and construction of a natural rock-ramp fishway, is serving as a model for other small-scale stream restoration efforts throughout Maine, according to Catherine Schmitt of Maine Sea Grant University.

The projects will be described by scientists who are evaluating the success of restoring watershed connections and improving habitat from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. After a project overview and presentations on stream ecology, alewives, sea lamprey and bird communities, participants will gather at the Sedgeunkedunk fishway and public boat landing in Orrington on Brewer Lake Road to celebrate with refreshments and live music.

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The celebration will continue 9 a.m.-noon Saturday with an open house at Fields Pond with a canoe and kayak paddle to the fishway site, and a hike along the shoreline from the Audubon center to Brewer Lake.

For information, contact Hannah Webber at 989-2591 or hwebber@maineaudubon.org.

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