Celebrating 25 Years as the Voice of the Presumpscot
For a quarter of a century the Friends of the Presumpscot River has worked passionately to restore and protect the vitality of our small but mighty river. Our efforts have improved water quality, restored migratory fish populations, and increased public awareness of the Presumpscot's economic and recreational potential.
A River of Many Falls & Many Fish
The Presumpscot flows from Sebago Lake through woods, towns and cities into the saltwater of Casco Bay, Maine's most densly populated region. The river's name means "many falls" or "many rough places" in the Abanaki language spoken by the first people or the region, who survived on the river's abundance and fertile shore lands for centuries. During this time, vast amounts of spawning Atlantic salmon, shad and alewives swam upriver. The Presumpscot was also home to land-locked salmon, brook trout and the now extinct Presumpscot Jumper.
Picking Up Chief Polin's Mantel: Fighting for Fish Passage Then & Now
In the 1750s Abenaki leader Chief Polin began a struggle to restore fish passage to the Presumpscot. In 1992, more than 250 years later, Friend's picked up Polin's mantel and began fighting for fish passage, improved water quality and restoration of the natural character of the Presumpscot after two and a half centuries of industrialization. Learn more about the successes we've achieved over the last 25 years and about our current initiatives.
Tales from the Presumpscot:
We're kicking off a nine-part video series with Zack Anchor, owner of Portland Paddle, and a valued Friends' Board Member. Learn more about Presumpscot's environmental success stories, as well as how Friend's efforts to improve water quality and bring back migratory fish are increasing recreational opportunities on the river. Stay tuned for weekly releases of more Tales, produced in partnership with Knack Factory.