Federal regulators approve removal of Presumpscot River dam

Dennis Hoey, Portland Press Herald

Federal regulators Thursday gave final approval for removing the Saccarappa Dam, a hydroelectric facility on the Presumpscot River in downtown Westbrook, a project expected to expand fish migration.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a so-called surrender order, which means FERC has signed off on the dam removal. The order follows a settlement agreement reached by dam owner Sappi North America, Friends of the Presumpscot River, the Conservation Law Foundation and the city of Westbrook.

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