Ambassadors Joe Klementovich, Clark Tate, and Matt Palmariello are partnering with Rivers for Change to hike and paddle from the source of the Sandy River 73 miles to the confluence of the Kennebec River in mid-May, 2024.

The inspiration driving this journey is to illuminate the Sandy ecosystem, a pivotal river in the restoration of Atlantic Salmon and a testament to the resurgence of Alewives.

This creative team also aims to showcase the stunning beauty of the upper reaches of the Kennebec Watershed, emphasizing how sharing narratives and artwork inspired by these locales deepens people’s understanding of the significance of our waterways.

Our objective is to foster connections, impart knowledge, and create engagement within communities through media, storytelling, and events. By integrating art, adventure, and gatherings, we offer diverse avenues for people to connect with each other and with these cherished places.

This journey will be featured on a future episode of New Hampshire’s PBS “Windows to the Wild.”

Celebrating a Comeback

Alewives (also known as river herring) are making a comeback on rivers throughout Maine! They are an incredible success story of how conservation efforts and dam removal can help an anadromous fish come back from the brink.

The team will shed light on these keystone species and how they play a major role in the health of the ecosystem.

If you want to follow the Alewives Migration (generally between May 15-June 15) check out the Maine Rivers site and Alewife migration map.

Dammed but Not Doomed article on Alewives 

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Joe Klementovich Bio

Joe Klementovich


Joe Klementovich is a freelance photographer working with a wide range of clients from the New York Times to Patagonia. Joe focuses his talent and energy on creating images centered on our natural world and the people who choose to live, work, and explore it. His storytelling skills have translated into working with NHPBS on the long-time TV show “Windows to the Wild”. More adventures, more stories, more projects to come, and all of them will be outside.
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Clark Tate


Clark Tate is a freelance journalist and documentary audio producer focusing on outdoor adventure and the environment. She currently serves as the Documentary Storytelling Fellow for The Nature Conservancy Maine and is a registered Maine sea kayaking guide. Previously, Clark worked as a restoration ecologist and coordinator on western rivers, including the Dolores. Her work has appeared in Hakai Magazine, the Penobscot Bay Press, GearLab, and on WMPG. You can learn more at lclarktate.com
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Matt Palmariello


Matt has been paddling canoes, kayaks and paddleboards for more than half his life and loves connecting with others who are passionate about the outdoors. He has worked in paddlesports & outdoor education for many years as an instructor, guide, event producer and outdoor educator. Matt currently operates a small paddlesports outfitter in Central Maine and spends his free time working on land stewardship.
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Amy Borch


Amy Borch is a creative who explores interconnection between people and place. Basecamp is Amy’s studio overlooking the Saco mill dams in Southern Maine, where she works as a multimedia artist and tattooer in processes sourced from nature, movement and storytelling. Outside, Amy works as a guide and consultant to organizations who wish to facilitate groups and individuals with specialized outcomes in remote settings. Previously, Amy worked for the National Park Service as a public land steward, Utah Conservation Corps in collaboration with the Escalante River Watershed Partnership, as well as with Outward Bound and commercial guiding companies in the High Sierra, Appalachia, Mojave Desert, Mid-Atlantic Basin and Chesapeake Bay.

Pre/Post Source to Sea Events

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Thursday, May 02 6:30pm EDT

Reunite the Kennebec

Patagonia Freeport
100 Main Street, Freeport, Maine 04032

The Kennebec River experienced a dramatic resurgence in water quality, wildlife, and economic opportunity with the removal of the Edwards Dam in 1999. We must continue this success by reconnecting Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish to the Sandy River.

Join us for an event dedicated to reuniting the Kennebec River. Enjoy local food and drinks, a screening of the PBS short film, Paddling the Saco, a panel discussion and Q&A session with local environmental experts, and an opportunity to take action.
Photo Credit: J. Monkman/NRCM
RSVP with link below!

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Paddling through Prime Salmon Spawning Habitat

Paddle the Sandy with NRCM!

May 18, 2024 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Suitable for beginner paddlers

Join NRCM staff for a paddle with Atlantic Salmon Federation's Jeff Reardon to explore why the Sandy is vital for the recovery of Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish. This 11 mile, 3-4-hour paddle begins in Strong and ends in Fairbanks area of Farmington.

We will provide a shuttle and have a limited number of PFDs, canoes, and kayaks. There will also be a Registered Maine Guide accompanying us on this wonderful trip.
Please bring your own lunch, snacks, and plenty of water!
Registration is limited to 20. Please contact Marc Edwards at medwards@nrcm.org for more information.

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Reunite the Kennebec


Add your name: Work together to bring life back to the Kennebec

This petition is presented by the Kennebec Coalition (Atlantic Salmon Federation, Maine Rivers, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Trout Unlimited, and Trout Unlimited’ s Kennebec Valley Chapter) in partnership with the Conservation Law Foundation.

Art by Zoe Ciolfi

Additional Resources

NRCM-Restoring the Kennebec Above Waterville

Maine Rivers-Kennebec Watershed

Atlantic Salmon Federation-Restoring the Kennebec

Trout Unlimited- Maine

Partners and Sponsors

We are incredibly grateful to all of those involved with supporting this campaign and all the organizations working to revitalize this watershed . If you’re interested in helping support this campaign please reach out to danielle (@) riversforchange.org

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