August 21, 2008
Webcam Installed for Fishway Project
By NOK-NOI RICKER; OF THE NEWS STAFF
ORRINGTON - A new webcam is up at the old Meadow Dam, which is being transformed into a new fishway dam that will allow fish to travel up the Sedgeunkedunk Stream after years of being blocked.
The webcam, provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is mounted on a tree just downstream of where the fishway dam is being created.
"Jed Wright and Orrington Public Works installed a web-camera at the site today," Orrington Town Manager Carl Young said in an e- mail. "The camera may be accessed from the town Web site: orrington.govoffice.com."
Wright is a federal wildlife biologist.
The water has been diverted to allow workers in the stream bed create the fishway dam, which will look like natural rapids created by a pile of brook rocks.
The fishway dam will allow fish, including alewives and endangered Atlantic salmon, to pass, which was not possible with the hydroelectric dam it is replacing.
All of the instream work on the habitat restoration project must be done by Sept. 30 and the entire project has to be completed by Oct. 30, Young has said.
The webcam provides a new image every two hours.
Phase one of the project, which involved Cianbro Corp. of Pittsfield pitching in $67,735 in work to offset the effects of constructing a bulkhead on the Penobscot River as part of its Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer, is complete, Young said.
Pomeroy Logging of Hermon is constructing the fishway for $169,300 and "has completed the vegetation and soil removal from the rock-ramp footprint and have begun to install fill material to bring the site to grade," the city manger said. "Final grading and installation of the bed liner is planned for early next week."
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