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Agency Says Dam Should Come Down

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Science  08 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5327, pp. 762
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5327.762a

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In an unprecedented move last week, the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that licenses most of the power-producing dams in the United States, recommended removing a dam on Maine's Kennebec River. The FERC says that the removal would be the best and cheapest way to aid the Kennebec's struggling migratory fish populations, which have been blocked by the dam from reaching their historic spawning grounds upriver. Environmentalists hail the decision, which they say could set a precedent for taking down myriad other dams across the United States.

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