Kennebec Barrier Survey
The Kennebec Barrier Survey was organized in 2010 to survey barriers to fish passage such as culverts in the lower Kennebec River watershed as part of the statewide effort to inventory fish passage barriers and to prioritize fish and habitat restoration projects.
Key objectives of the survey were to:
The first phase of implementation is underway through KELT’s participation in the restoration of the fish ladder at Nequasset Brook. Because of the active stakeholder base and amount of suitable habitat above this site, the ladder at Nequasset Dam was selected as the #1 priority for improvement. Less than 5% of spawning ground for anadromous fish remains accessible in the State of Maine due to barriers such as dams and culverts. Fisheries experts estimate that with proper management and improved passage this site can support 400,000 fish.
This project was made possible by: generous funding from the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment-NOAA, The Nature Conservancy, Merrymeeting Bay Trust, and Casco Bay Estuary Partnership; project managers Charles Baeder, Sheepscot River Watershed Council (SRWC), Carrie Kinne, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT), Erin Witham, KELT, Dale Finseth, Kennebec Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (KVSWCD); Sue Gammon, Androscoggin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (AVSWCD); consultant Alex Abbott, USFWS; and the hard work of volunteers, staff, and interns. Thanks to all!