Work began Tuesday on the multiyear project to remove the Saccarappa Dam and free the Presumpscot River in Westbrook.
CBS affiliate WGME reports that the project was approved earlier this year and the multi-million dollar project is being funded by Sappi Fine Paper, which owns the dam.
The work on Tuesday comes nearly three years after the city of Westbrook, Sappi Fine Paper, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and the nonprofits Friends of the Presumpscot River and Conservation Law Foundation reached a settlement to remove two dams at Saccarappa Falls and construct a fish passage, according to MaineBiz.
“I think it’s great,” Chris Glynn, who works in Westbrook, told the TV station. “I know they have had a lot of success with this up in the Kennebec region, so it’s great that something like this is happening in the Westbrook region, too.”
The project is expected to be completed by May 2021, according to WGME.