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Collins, King Announce More Than $1 Million in Grant Funding to Support Removal of Veazie Dam and Restore Endangered Fish Populations

August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Maine Department of Marine Resources will receive a multi-year grant in the amount of $1,027,754 to support the Penobscot River Restoration project. The grant will help restore the historic habitat for the endangered shortnose sturgeon and threatened Atlantic sturgeon as well as help restore 11 species of sea-going fishes, including endangered Atlantic salmon. The first $548,304 of the grant, which was awarded under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Species Recovery Grant Program, is provided for this fiscal year, while the rest is contingent upon future appropriations and project progress. The Species Recovery Grant Program combines conservation efforts from state, tribal, federal and academic institutions to recover endangered and threatened species to the point where they no longer need such protection.

“Mainers understand that, as stewards of our environment, we have an obligation to protect and preserve our natural resources for generations to come,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “These funds will continue support for the restoration project through the removal of the Veazie Dam, an achievement that will revive important fish populations and revitalize the health of the Penobscot river.”

Members of Senators Collins’ and King’s staffs attended the official ceremony to breach to Veazie Dam on July 22nd.

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