Failing, makeshift culverts located at Swan Pond Creek
Photo credits: Rick LaRiviere
Besides habitat restoration, we work to address potential habitat issues, and to optimize riverine and tributary habitats and their access.
In the past, we've negotiated for fish passage system installations on the Saco River's mainstem. To date, the five lower dams have upstream passage systems in place, with agreements for additional systems at four more dams.
While Atlantic salmon are oriented to tributaries, we work with property owners to ensure that the salmon have passage to spawning habitat and suitable conditions once they arrive there.
Much has taken place to the landscape since the native population was extirpated. Making the needed corrections is a long, labor intensive and expensive undertaking. But seeing the juvenile salmon thriving in their native habitat is well worth it all.