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Family Friendly Free Event

Film: A Watershed Moment

Free screening at SPACE Gallery, Portland

Please note: this event has been rescheduled from the original date of February 18. Thank you!


“A Watershed Moment” is about people, fish, and the water that connects them—and what it takes to keep that connection alive and strong.

Join us at SPACE Gallery in Portland for “A Watershed Moment,” a short film produced by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, which tells the inspiring story of a diverse group of partners who came together over five years to restore fish passage throughout the entire Bagaduce River Watershed on the Blue Hill peninsula in Maine.

Three coastal Maine communities, numerous nonprofits, fishermen, school children, engineering and construction companies, and state and federal management agencies worked together to restore historic fish passage on their rivers and  steward the historic alewife runs in their communities.

Rooted in collaboration, this story acts as a beacon of hope for other communities involved in fish passage restoration and community-driven stewardship.

Details

This event is free and open to the public. The film is 40 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A session with experts from Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries who appear in the film.

Adult beverages and soft drinks will be available for purchase from 6:30 – 7:00 pm. This event is family friendly – all ages welcome.

Awards

“A Watershed Moment” won the Conservation Award at the 2022 Maine Outdoor Film Festival.

MCHT Senior Project Manager Ciona Ulbrich, who appears in the film, was awarded the 2022 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Award and recognized as an Outstanding Habitat Champion by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and  American Fisheries Society.

The national award distinguishes Ciona for demonstrating exceptional achievement and dedication to habitat conservation and for bringing together countless partners, including landowners, local communities, and conservation groups, to restore fish passage to waterways in coastal Maine.

Watch the trailer:

Read more: Why alewives matter to MCHT.