Conservation groups ask judge to stop dams’ operations on Kennebec River

Caitlin Andrews, Bangor Daily News

A group of conservation organizations asked a judge Wednesday to prevent an international hydropower giant from operating three dams on the Kennebec River during a crucial migration season for Atlantic salmon.

The preliminary injunction filed in federal court is part of a larger lawsuit the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Conservation Law Foundation, Maine Rivers and Natural Resources Council of Maine are pursuing against Brookfield Renewable for allegedly violating the federal Endangered Species Act.

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