FARMINGTON — A six-month study of ways to provide fish passage at Walton Mill Pond Dam kicks off Wednesday, June 7, with a public informational meeting.

The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the downstairs of the Community Center.

The Walton’s Mill Dam on Temple Stream prevents adult Atlantic salmon, a critically endangered species, from accessing a large area of spawning and rearing habitat, according to a statement from the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Federation Director John Burrows and Joseph McLean from the engineering firm, Wright-Pierce, will discuss the upcoming work to be done at the dam and answer questions from the public.

“In recent years, the town of Farmington has built two major erosion control and drainage improvement projects that are sensitive to the critical salmon habitat in the Sandy River,” Town Manager Richard Davis said in a statement.

The town appreciates the help from the Atlantic Salmon Federation for the study and recommendations for improvements for this resource, he said.

“Temple Stream has the largest contiguous amount of habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon in Maine that is currently inaccessible to adult salmon because of the lack of fish passage at Walton’s Mill Dam,” Burrows said.

During the study, landscape architecture firm Richardson & Associates will also consider ways to improve the park and other town land adjacent to the mill dam.

This will begin with a public session on the landscape design work planned for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Farmington Community Center.

Walton Mill Pond Dam in Farmington

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