Support FOPR’s Efforts to Complete Our New Chief Polin Memorial by Spring 2018
Join Friends of the Presumpscot River to honor our river’s natural heritage, historic and current efforts to protect it, and support its ongoing restoration. During his season of gratitude, we are seeking your support to complete a memorial to Chief Polin and the Wabanaki people who lived in this region for thousands of years. A dedication and blessing ceremony is planned for the spring of 2018. For more information and to read a letter from our board president reflecting on the importance of acknowledging the histories of the first peoples of this region, click here.
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 River 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:
Check out Friends' latest video with Emma Deans, a multi-media storyteller, second in a nine-part series focusing on how our river of “many falls” is making a comeback after two and half centuries of damning, pollution and disregard. Learn how the Presumpscot got its name from the indigenous people who lived here for millennia, depending on its bountiful fish supply as a vital food source, and how today increasing opportunities to enjoy a revitalized river – walking, canoeing and fishing – help us to connect with the importance of keeping it clean. Stay tuned for more Tales from the Presumpscot.