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Partners in Maine search for cold water with shared regional database

The LCC-supported SHEDS database is helping partners identify sweet spots for species like Atlantic salmon that depend on cold water and define Maine's natural heritage.
Partners in Maine search for cold water with shared regional database

Atlantic salmon parr. Credit: FWS

With more than 44,000 miles of rivers and streams in 10 major watershed regions covering 35,000 square miles, Maine is a big state with lots of aquatic resources to manage.  

That's why partners from Native American tribes, universities, watershed councils, land trusts, nonprofit organizations, and several state and federal agencies in the United States and Canada formed the Maine Stream Temperature Working Group. They all share a stake in Maine’s cold water heritage, and now they are sharing resources that can help them preserve it.

A feature story in the fall edition of FWS News highlights the pioneering work of the Maine Stream Temperature Working Group to advance cold water preservation in the state using the regional Spatial-Hydro Ecological Decision System (SHEDS). Read the story here. 

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