- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

ORLAND, Maine (AP) - Residents of the town of Orland are going to decide this month whether to remove a dam to allow fish like alewives to migrate upstream.

Verso Paper owned the Orland Village Dam until 2010, when the dam was turned over to the town. The dam on the Narramissic River dates to the 1930s.

The cost of removing the dam is estimated to be $500,000, and agencies like NOAA Fisheries Service might contribute. Voters will have the final say at the polls June 14.

Biologists say removing the dam would let fish safely migrate upstream. But Orland residents are concerned about unintended consequences like plummeting property values and the impact of increased water velocities on infrastructure like roads.


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