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Title: Coopers Mills Dam
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 22, 2009, 03:14:16 AM
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Josh Botting wrote:
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For those of you who are from away, see the following link for info on the Future of the Coopers Mills Dam:
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=81158 (http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=81158)

jockellis replied:
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Which side of the dam are the salmon on? Let them pay for the dam thing.
Jock Ellis

Josh Botting replied:
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Both sides, little ones above headed down, and big ones below headed up.
Title: Re: Coopers Mills Dam
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 20, 2018, 04:29:43 PM
The Coopers Mill Dam is being removed:
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/07/19/work-starts-on-removal-of-200-year-old-dam-on-sheepscot-river/ (https://www.pressherald.com/2018/07/19/work-starts-on-removal-of-200-year-old-dam-on-sheepscot-river/)

Note that the removal of the Head Tide Dam is also being discussed.
Title: Re: Coopers Mills Dam
Post by: Philip Marshall on July 20, 2018, 08:18:49 PM
Thank you for the link, Ed.

I will admit to feeling somewhat ambivalent about dam removal. While it's an essential part of habitat restoration for Atlantic salmon, alewives, etc., something which I think is objectively good (and not just because of my professional background as an ecologist), it also means another piece of the history of water-powered rural industry in Maine (and elsewhere) is being lost forever. So, I'm conflicted.
Title: Re: Coopers Mills Dam
Post by: Bill Sample on July 20, 2018, 08:45:25 PM
Philip, I feel the same way. 
Title: Re: Coopers Mills Dam
Post by: Mike Fox on July 20, 2018, 11:58:07 PM
Pretty sure the Head Tide dam is safe for now. The chatter from the residents made the town modify their plan, and are now repairing instead of removing, per the latest Town Report.. Not to hold water, but to keep the historic structure stable, and allow for fish passage.
Title: Re: Coopers Mills Dam
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on July 21, 2018, 03:06:20 AM
The plan for the Head Tide dam will also provide better access and beautify the immediate area. The dam cannot be removed per the terms and conditions of the deed to the town.
Title: Re: Coopers Mills Dam
Post by: Philip Marshall on July 21, 2018, 05:42:04 AM
Preserving the historic structure of the Head Tide dam while allowing for fish passage as well as public access and beautification sounds like an ideal compromise.