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Mousam River Dams Relicensing

Kennebec Light and Power District is considering relicensing or removal of its three lowest dams on the Mousam. A working group meeting was held on May 28 to discuss these options.

Our friends at Wells Reserve have written a paper on what's wrong with the dams. Read it at http://www.wellsreserve.org/blog/696-mousam_river_too_hot_for_native_fish

The dams supply less than 2% of KLPD's electricity. E-mail Todd Shea today and let him know that dam removal is the option that makes the most sense economically and environmentally.


Metallic Mining Rules Still Before Maine Legislature

Mining Maine's volcanic sulfide deposits could be a disaster. LD 146 resubmitted a weak set of rules to the legislature that could allow that to happen.

In an effort to stop adoption of these rules, Representative Ben Chipman of Portland and Ralph Chapman of Brooksville, site of one of Maine's metallic mining superfund sites, submitted LD750 that would have put a moritorium on Metallic mining licensing. The bill has been modified in committee to weaken it to include some of the worst features of LD146. Here is where this mess ultimately originated: http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/state-legislator-denies-conflict-of-interest-with-mining-bill

Our letters to MDEP made a real difference in the denial of the Scribner’s Mill Dam permit application assuring Sebago Lake’s landlocked salmon continued access to their historic spawning range. Metallic Mining Rules are even more important as a number of significant fisheries could be at risk due to their proximity to metallic sulfide deposits. These include: the Fish River Chain, the Magalloway, Cupsuptic, Dead, and Pleasant (West Branch) rivers. The damage done could be irreversible.

Please contact your Maine legislator to oppose both versions of the mining rules: LD146 or LD750.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Preliminary information - details and how to sign up will become available as planning progresses:

Mousam River Fish Passage Impediment Survey 
Timeframe: July to September - weekdays
Location: Kennebunk north - will eventually range widely to cover water missed by previous other surveys
Training: OJT will be available for those who have not done this before
Partner: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Special: This is the largest unsurveyed watershed in southern Maine.

Nezinscot River Fish Passage Impediment Survey
Timeframe: July to October - weekdays
Location: Turner vicinity
Training: June training session or OJT will be available for those who have not done this before
Partner: Androscoggin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District
Special: Sue Gammon is great to work with, the Nezinscot is good stocked water to fish.

Round Pond Reclamation
Timeframe: August/September - weekdays
Location: Albany Township
Training: Physical labor - no training required
Partner: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Region A
Special: Fifth pond of 5in5!

Crooked River Salmon Weir Monitoring and Maintenance
Timeframe: September to November
Location: Naples above Route 11
Training: OJT will be provided
Partner: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Region A
Special: Always special to work with Region A’s biologists



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Chapter Meetings

 

We normally meet third Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. October through March in the meeting rooms at Cabela's, 100 Cabela's Boulevard in Scarborough. Our final meeting of this cycle was on March 17.


Contact Program Chair Dave Bowie with any ideas or suggestions you might like to see for future chapter meetings.




Gray Ghosts Fly-Tying Club



First Parish Church, Yarmouth

Old tiers, folks who want to learn, come join us with Maine guide and nationally recognized Master Fly Casting Instructor Rod McGarry. Tying gear available for those who need it. We meet November through March on most second and fourth Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30.



CLICK HERE to view details about our tying sessions.

 


Last Tying Session until November - BUT...

We held this cycle's last tying session on March 24. We hope to see you back in November. Have some ideas for next season? E-mail Rod!

Thanks to all of our guest tiers who continue to make Gray Ghosts fly tying world-class. Special thanks to Todd Cloutier for filling in for Rod while he recuperated from knee surgery.

Want to do some more tying - and give something back by helping to educate the next generation of trout fisher folk and fly tiers? The Children's Water Festival at USM will be held on Friday, May 22 from 9:00 to 2:00. Volunteeers receive lunch and event tee shirts - more are needed to help local school kids grades 4 through 6 tie their first flies.

Contact Joel Anderson for questions - and to sign up.



 

Chapter Newsletter

Sebago MainStream is the monthly newsletter for our chapter. It highlights a calendar of events that the chapter is sponsoring, chapter information, and descriptions of our conversation and youth training activities - past and present.

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