Environment Maine
Sun Journal
Scott Thistle, Regional Editor

A federal magistrate judge has recommended lawsuits filed by two environmental groups against two companies that operate hydro-electric dams on the lower Androscoggin River be allowed to go forward. Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and Environment Maine say the recommendation is a preliminary victory in their efforts to save the endangered Atlantic salmon from extinction.

In their lawsuits the groups claim Miller Hydro and Topsham Hydro which, respectively, operate the Worumbo Dam at Lisbon Falls and the Pejepscot Dam in Topsham, are in violation of the Endangered Species Act because the turbines on their dams injure and kill salmon trying to swim past them.