Environmentalists sue Kennebec dams’ owner, alleging endangered species violations

Environmental groups filed a long-teased lawsuit against a hydropower giant on Thursday, claiming four Kennebec River dams are violating federal laws by not allowing enough endangered Atlantic salmon to reach upstream spawning grounds.

The group, which includes the Atlantic Salmon Federation U.S., the Conservation Law Foundation, Maine Rivers and the Natural Resources Council of Maine, argue that Brookfield Renewable U.S., is operating those dams in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act. 

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