Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Letter In Reference To Rebuilding the Dam At Scribner's Mill On The Crooked River In Maine

Dear Mr. Bullard,

I write to you in opposition of a favorable decision to obstruct the Crooked River at Scribners Mill.  

Throughout New England there is an understanding, that at one time, dams were erected for a propose.  The greater good of the people was served.  We also have an understanding that the decimation of our natural resources caused by those actions were not serving the interests of the greater good.

Today I see no positive application or effect of a greater good by allowing a single company or person to obstruct any waterway, let alone a water resource as valuable to the great State of Maine as this one with it's fate in your hands.


                                                   If you are opposed to damming the Crooked
River, then now is the time to stand up and be
counted. Please send your letters and e-mails to:
Bill Bullard
Project Manager
Division of Land Resource Regulation
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
312 Canco Road
Portland, ME 04103
If you feel that you need more information, e-mail:
Steve Heinz:  

  Here is the reply I received to my letter.

Thanks for your letter expressing concerns about the Scribner’s Mill dam and sawmill project proposed by Scribner’s Mill Preservation Inc. (SMPI)

The project has been assigned Department #L-21190-35-C-N and is being reviewed under the Maine Waterway Development and Conservation Act (MWDCA) and is also being reviewed for water quality certification under Section 401(d) of the Clean Water Act.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is reviewing the project for potential impacts to existing fisheries in the Crooked River with a particular focus on the spawning habitat and fish passage provisions for landlocked salmon.

MDIFW provided initial review comments and SMPI submitted a response to these comments on September 30, 2011. MDIFW is now evaluating that response and, when complete, will then issue their final review comments on the project. Water quality impacts and the erosion control plan are being evaluated by Department staff.

When the reviews of these and other provisions of the MWDCA are completed an order approving or denying the project will be issued.

Bill Bullard, Project Manager
Division of Land Resource Regulation
Department of Environmental Protection
312 Canco Road
Portland, ME 04103

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