As chairman of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council, the organizers of the Source to Sea Trek, I am responding to the portion of the Sun Journal editorial of June 20 that noted the heritage map of the Androscoggin River watershed. The editorial noted the lack of river access from Dixfield to Leeds.

There is, in fact, reasonably good access from Dixfield to Twin Bridges at the Leeds-North Turner border. There are seven good access points over that stretch, and there are three additional sites that are less formal or have marginal parking or access at this time. Verso is responsible for installing and maintaining most of those sites. 

ARWC is also developing The Androscoggin River Trail, a water trail, from Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire to Merrymeeting Bay. There are more than 40 public access sites along the river. We are currently producing a map, putting signage at sites, and improving a number of access sites. 

We are also searching for new sites to fill in gaps, including an identified need for a site in the stretch from Livermore Falls to Twin Bridges.

Fergus Lea, Poland
Chairman, Androscoggin River Watershed Council

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