Federal review will look at hydro dams and endangered Atlantic salmon

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is conducting a review of four hydroelectric dams on a Maine river that could result in a lifeline for the last wild Atlantic salmon in the United States.

The last of the wild salmon live in a group of rivers in Maine and have been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 2000. One of the rivers is the Kennebec River, where Brookfield Renewable U.S. owns four dams.

Brookfield wants to amend its federal licenses for the four dams and receive a new 40-year operating license for one of them. That requires a review of the dams’ impacts on salmon,...

 

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