- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) - A Maine city and several government agencies and other organizations have reached an agreement to remove a dam as soon as 2020.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the agreement was reached Wednesday between paper company Sappi North America, the city of Westbrook, the federal Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service and local organizations.

Pingree says the removal of the Saccarappa Falls Dam will reopen miles of waterways to fish such as alewives that go to the ocean, where they are a key piece of the food chain. Alewives are also important economically as bait.

A statement released by parties involved in the agreement says Sappi has agreed to remove the dam and fund fish passage facilities at Saccarappa Falls.

Some parties involved still must ratify the agreement.

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