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Let’s Celebrate!
Rivers for Change ambassador Chris Morgan said “When asked what motivated us to paddle from the Source of the Kennebec at Moosehead Lake to the Atlantic Ocean at Popham Beach, the simple and quick answer is, to celebrate the 25th Year Anniversary for the Edwards Dam removal. Why is that such a big deal? The removal of Edwards Dam became a pivotal moment in the history of the environmental movement and river restoration in the United States. It was the first functioning hydroelectric dam to be removed — and the first time the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ever voted, against the wishes of a dam owner, not to relicense a dam.”
The team begins their Source to Sea on Friday the 5th! You can read the official Press Release here and follow along on the Rivers for Change Kennebec webpage and social media!
, Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Edward’s Dam Removal!, Rivers For Change

Photo: Joe Klementovich

The Sandy river (right) joining the Kennebec River. Rainfall in the upper reaches of theSandy River watershed added sediment to the water pushing into the Kennebec River just South of Madison, Maine. (Sandy Source to Kennebec May 2024)

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary NRCM who has worked tirelessly to restore the Kennebec River has released a new short film and has the following to say!

“Today marks 25 years since the removal of the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Augusta. The remarkable recovery of the river since that day showed the nation — and world — what is possible when you give nature a chance.
In our latest short film, we speak with three Mainers across the generations who live along the Kennebec and have witnessed the power of dam removal first hand. They love this mighty river, which has provided them with memories to last a lifetime.
River restoration has always been a team effort. On that day in 1999 when the dam was breached, NRCM staff members were joined by partners from other conservation and fishing groups, Wabanaki Nations, municipal leaders, and many others.
This work we do to build a healthier future for our rivers and wildlife has always relied on the power of people who love Maine’s environment standing up and speaking out for change.
Thank you to everyone who has stood up for this mighty river over the past two decades and who continue to do so today, as we seek to continue this progress of reuniting the Kennebec by removing four outdated dams between Waterville and Skowhegan.”
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