HAMPDEN – Money from a natural resource damage settlement will help fish passage restoration efforts in the Penobscot watershed.
According to a statement from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the $800,000 settlement was secured by the state and federal government from parties responsible for multiple releases of oil from the former Chevron and Texaco marine oil terminal facilities on the Penobscot River in Hampden.
Four restoration projects have been chosen to get funding.
They are the Kenduskeag Stream in Charleston, Sucker Brook in Hampden and the Bagaduce River in Sedgwick and Brooksville.
Overall 7 undersized or perched road culverts will be replaced and two fishways will be installed.
Officials say the combined projects will open up more than 17 miles of river and stream habitat to benefit migratory fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.