Plenty of Support for Mousam River Dam Removal

November 04, 2016

There has been a great deal of misinformation in recent letters to the editor by people in favor of keeping the three dams on the Mousam River. A few people are trying to portray those of us who are in favor of dam removal as a bunch of people from away who are a part of some conspiracy to destroy the river and this beautiful town we all live in.

Analysis shifts discussion from conjecture to fact

June 16, 2016

As a senior at Kennebunk High School, I completed my senior project with the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, examining comments submitted to the Kennebunk Light and Power District regarding dam relicensing. Sources of information that address the concerns were identified to increase understanding of the possible effects of dam removal on the Mousam River.

The Kennebunk Light & Power District will not apply to relicense three dams on the Mousam River and will stop generating hydroelectric power at them.

The electric utility had been weighing whether to remove the three most downstream dams on the river or face potentially costly upgrades to build fish passages. The river once hosted large spawning migrations of river herring and American shad.

KENNEBUNK — The Kennebunk Light and Power District's board of trustees deliberated on the fate of the district's dams at last week’s board meeting as the board moves closer to a decision in June. 

Board chair Jay Kilbourn addressed the audience of about 50 community members at Kennebunk Town Hall saying the board appreciates the respectful way the divisive issue has been handled so far, and asked for continued respect of the board as the process continues.

“We are doing our best to do a very serious review and do the best for our ratepayers,” Board Chair Jay Kilbourn told the residents.

Plenty of support for Mousam River dam removal

There has been a great deal of misinformation in recent letters to the editor by people in favor of keeping the three dams on the Mousam River. A few people are trying to portray those of us who are in favor of dam removal as a bunch of people from away who are a part of some conspiracy to destroy the river and this beautiful town we all live in.

Maine Voices: Pull dams to make the Mousam River sparkle

April 10, 2016

Kennebunk can restore a vital piece of the ecosystem by removing three dams that produce very little electricity.

 

There are over 300 miles of streams within the Mousam River watershed. Only 1 percent of these 300 miles connect to the ocean. In fact, the Mousam is the largest river in Maine with absolutely no fish passage. Fish migration is critical to coastal river ecosystems.  It is clear to me, a trained environmental engineer, that the removal of these three dams makes great sense for Kennebunk and this wonderful river.

2015 Dam Removals

February 09, 2016

62 Dams Removed in 2015, Benefitting Rivers and Communities Nationwide.

In 2015, Pennsylvania had the highest number of removals for the thirteenth year in a row, followed by Connecticut and Michigan. Pennsylvania – 23 dams removed Connecticut – 7 dams removed Michigan– 5 dams removed -

Costs, fish, property values are all a factor in the future of 3 Mousam River dams.

December 29, 2015

KENNEBUNK — A Kennebunk electric utility is weighing whether to remove the three lowest dams on the Mousam River or face potentially costly upgrades to restore fish passage to a river that once hosted large runs of spawning fish.

Time to remove the Kesslen, Twine Mill and Dane Perkins Dams

July 17, 2015

Take out these three Mousam River dams, says an environmentalist and lifelong Maine resident.

The Mousam River system is the only major watershed in Maine that completely lacks fish passage. This watershed encompasses the area from the Atlantic Ocean to Kennebunk and westward to Acton and Waterboro.

Removing Mousam River Dams a win-win

May 20, 2015

The Kennebunk Light and Power District (KLPD) operates three small dams on the Mousam River… the Kesslen, Twine Mill, and Dane Perkins dams. Decades ago these dams were a significant source of electricity, but today the dams are antiquated and inefficient, producing less than 2 percent of electricity used by ratepayers.

River studies underscore poor water quality

November 05, 2015

KENNEBUNK - Local water contamination is now the focus of work by dedicated volunteers collecting water from 20 sites along the Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers as part of the Volunteer River Monitoring Program.

The Wells Reserve just released a report entitled “Water Quality Assessment 2009-2012,” to help community members understand the health of their rivers and encourage actions to keep them clean. The report is the result of an on-going collaborative effort undertaken by the Wells Reserve, Maine Rivers and the Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers Alliance, with support from other partners.

The dam Question - The Village

August 06, 2014

KENNEBUNK - The Kesslen, Twine Mill and Dane Perkins dams on the Mousam River in Kennebunk, which have been in place in one form or another for more than 200 years, are generating more than just power in town.

 

All three dams are up for relicensing in 2022, and the question of whether that is a good idea has become the topic of a growing conversation in the community. While the dams do generate a modest amount of electricity for the Kennebunk Light and Power District, owners of the hydroelectric dams, they also have an impact on the river’s ecosystem and native fish passage.

Mousam River Dams at Turning Point

July 22, 2013

The future of three hydroelectric dams owned by the Kennebunk Light and Power District is headed toward a formal federal review. The district is just beginning to study the costs and benefits of keeping the dams, but a local group is hoping the dams will be removed or modified to allow migratory fish such as shad and alewives to move freely through the Mousam River as it flows through downtown Kennebunk.

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