Maine DEP Holding Public Meeting Tonight In Ellsworth
The power producing Union River Dam on Leonard's Lake is owned by Brookfield Renewable with headquarters in Bermuda. The company sells it's power to the regional power grid, and in the process claims to move thousands of outward bound fish around the dam so that they can make their way to the Atlantic.
Meanwhile, biologists from the Downeast Salmon Federation have documented on numerous occasions thousands of dead fish on the south side of the Union River Dam in Ellsworth. These fish are chewed up by the massive generator blades within the Dam itself. Dead fish then litter the River's botton and rocky shore for almost a mile.
Today, Tuesday, July 9th, at 5 pm, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold a Union River Public meeting at Ellsworth High School, hosted by the Downeast Salmon Federation and the Friends of Graham Lake. Residents will be allowed to express their concerns, and hopefully hear both sides of the story about the dam. Talk will also include the effort to maintain water levels within Graham Lake.