On Talk of the Towns, Friday, April 12, 10-11 a.m., the topic was the Union River and the status of relicensing for electrical generation. The Union River watershed stretches from above Route 9 in Aurora to Union River Bay, draining about 500 square miles of Hancock and Penobscot Counties. LISTEN NOW!
The river’s three branches and associated streams total 484 miles. Since the early 1900s, the dam just above Route 1 in Ellsworth has generated electricity. That dam and smaller dams, owned by a Canadian firm, are up for relicensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Join host Ron Beard of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and guests Dwayne Shaw (Executive Director, Downeast Salmon Federation), Brad Perry (Friends of Graham Lake) and Morris Lambdin (Union River Salmon Association) for a live and lively discussion. This program will take a close look at the Union River and the relicensing process, including concerns about fish passage and sedimentation caused by fluctuating water levels on Graham Lake.