Winter Speaker Series

2021-2022 Zoom Speaker Series

Restoring the Lower Androscoggin River

February 9, 2022 - 7:00pm

Steve Heinz, Trout Unlimited, Maine Chapter

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Steve Heinz earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Navy commission from the University of Louisville in 1970 through its NROTC program. After a productive career as a naval flight officer, he retired with the rank of commander in 1990. The Navy bought Steve to Maine where he has lived and worked since 1988.

He became active in Trout Unlimited over seventeen years ago. Steve’s serious involvement in conservation began when he organized volunteer support for a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) Level 2 Stream Survey of Martin Stream in Turner in 2005. For ten years, he served as Conservation Chair for the Sebago Chapter Board of Directors and spearheaded a number of volunteer efforts including fish passage impediment surveys and Trout Unlimited Embrace-A-Stream grant projects, highlighted by his coordination of two dam removals that were executed in July of 2013. In 2015, he worked with the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve to remove a third dam in Arundel, Maine. In 2016, working with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a number of other government agencies and non-profits, he organized and coordinated a series of proposals that resulted in nearly $500,000 in grant money for five habitat restoration projects from sources that included TU Embrace-A-Stream, Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Water Bond, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

In December of 2013, Steve was awarded an MDIFW Commissioner’s Recognition Print for his efforts. The following year, his TU chapter received the Gold Trout award as the chapter with the greatest success in conservation projects that protect and restore habitat in their area. He continues to serve Trout Unlimited on the Maine Council as FERC Action Coordinator, and is currently working a number of FERC relicensings in Maine. Steve is also an active member of the Royal River Alliance; his most recent project was to produce an online fishing guide for the watershed.

Steve and his wife (of 50 years) Cathy reside in Cumberland Foreside, Maine.

Restoring the Lower Androscoggin River describes the watershed below Lewiston Falls and including the Little Androscoggin. Much of the presentation material will be directly from the MDMR/MDIFW Draft Fisheries Management Plan. Heinz will then cover actions in progress on the Andy and Little Andy including. FERC relicensing challenges and opportunities and the proposed upgrade to water quality classification of the lower river. Much of what happens in the Little Androscoggin depends on the Lower Barker dams. Steve will close with challenges, areas needing support, calls to action, etc.

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