The Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration is being carried out by the towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle in collaboration with the Nobleboro Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The project is directed by the Deb Wilson, Fish Committee Chairperson, Nobleboro Historical Society and Town of Nobleboro Fish Ladder Respresentative and Russ Williams, project treasurer, in collaboration with the Fish Committee of Nobleboro and Newcastle (Stan Waltz, Fish Agent, Jim Brinkler, Harvester and Newcastle Representative, and Deb Wilson) in consultation with applicable state and federal agencies. This team has successfully led the restoration since 2007 and all are committed to seeing the project through.
Design assistance was initially provided by Curtis Orvis, fish ladder engineer for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Fred Seavey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Gail Whipplehauser, Maine Department of Marine Resources. More recently, Jon Edgerton of Wright-Pierce Engineering has provided CAD drawings of the entire fish ladder and has helped with design decisions.
Most importantly, the restoration team includes dedicated volunteers from our community who have committed countless hours helping with our spring and fall festivals as well as fish ladder ladder maintenance, repair and restoration.