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Online Poll results: Most support repairing dam as is

Readers polled support fish ladder
Aug 01, 2019

Camden — Of the 373 responses to our poll question about what to do with the Montgomery Dam, 55 percent support repairing the dam as is, while 31 support removing it.

Nearly 60 percent, however, would favor changes to facilitate fish passage up the river.

A number of readers taking the poll left comments, including the following (some were omitted because they repeated sentiments already stated or were off-topic):

"I support restoring a way for the fish to get upstream, but I don't want to negatively affect the businesses along the waterfall and river."

"There are seven dams between the harbor and the lake. Fish passage would be expensive. Camden already owns too much (Snow Bowl) and the taxes are too high."

"She won't be happy until all the dams are gone - there will be no more Megunticook Lake or river. If you've ever swum, boated or enjoyed it in any shape or form, take notice. Remember how upset people got when the river and lake were low a few years ago?" Unclear from the comment who the "she" is, though the effort to change the dams has been spearheaded by Select Board member Alison McKellar.

"Let’s be on the right side of history. The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Audubon, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, American Rivers, Maine DMR, NOAA, Midcoast Conservancy, etc, etc.... they’ve all reached the same conclusion."

"There is literally no scientific debate on this issue when it comes to dams like this one. It would be like arguing in favor of the now frowned-upon practice of Chinese binding a child’s feet in order to keep them from growing too large."

"Dams are the modern-day equivalent of dumping all your trash in the river or burning it in your backyard."

"Does Camden really want to be known as the town that defied the recommendation of every environmental coalition in the country? Concrete in the river is bad!"

"The dams once had an economic benefit, now outweighed by the potential return of the fish."

"What will be asked for next, remove all the dams all the way to the lake? Then we won't have a lake. The fish are fine now, so is lake, so are the dams all the way from the harbor to the lake. LEAVE IT ALL ALONE."

"Thank you to the Camden Select Board for your willingness to explore this!"

"Would like to know what the costs would be??"

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Donald Herrick | Aug 03, 2019 19:48

where is the momentum looks like 62% want to either keep or lower the dams but what the public wants dose not matter to our elected officials. just look at the tannery property

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