Environment Maine
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Kennebec Journal
By
Keith Edwards, staff writer

AUGUSTA - A $17 million project meant to prevent sewage from getting into Bond Brook ended up causing more than 200,000 gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the stream and into a nearby wetland.

Bond Brook is also spawning grounds for the endangered Atlantic salmon and the spills happened about when the fish lay their eggs, an environmental group says.

"A sewage spill of this magnitude, occurring in one of the few accessible spawning habitats for endangered Atlantic salmon in the Kennebec River watershed, and occurring at precisely the time when adult salmon are known to lay their eggs, is an event that could have serious consequences for salmon recovery efforts," Emily Figdor of Environment Maine said.