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Residents of Maine town want to vote on fate of old dam

October 27, 2021 GMT

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Residents of a coastal Maine town are pushing for a public vote about whether a 200-year-old dam should be torn down.

The effort concerns the Montgomery Dam in Camden. The Camden Select Board received two different petitions seeking a vote on the subject last week, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The town has been considering the possibility of removing the downtown dam for two years because it no longer serves a purpose. It’s also a flood risk.

Camden Town Manager Audra Caler said the board has yet to decide what to do about the dam and the petitions might be premature.

One group, Save the Dam Falls, feels the dam is a key piece of town history. Other residents feel getting rid of it would improve fish passage and reduce the risk of floods.