To restore and recover Atlantic Salmon throughout their historic range in the “Downeast” rivers of Maine requires not only removal of barriers like dams and culverts, but also a concerted effort to restore the stream habitat and ecology. Salmon will need areas of clean gravels for spawning, woody habitat for juvenile fish to hide and grow and lots of in-stream structure and thermal refuges in a rapidly changing climate. Learn about the best practices in stream restoration design and implementation for Atlantic Salmon – which also benefit native Brook Trout and other species – from our partners at Project SHARE (Salmon Habitat and River Enhancement.)
Steven Koenig is the Associate Director of Project SHARE, a 501(c)(3) organization pursuing the restoration of Atlantic salmon habitat and natural ecosystem function in Eastern Maine. Over the past 21 years, he has worked with diverse partners to develop a nationally-recognized habitat restoration program completing 300 + restoration projects to date. Mr. Koenig collaborates with NGOs and resource agencies hosting stream restoration workshops throughout Maine. In 2009 the National Fish Habitat Action Plan recognized Mr. Koenig with its first national award “for Extraordinary Action in Supporting Fish Habitat Conservation.” He was named as an “Endangered Species Recovery Champion” by the USFWS in 2012. He is DEP-certified in Erosion and Sediment Control Practices and trained by the US Forest Service in Natural Stream Channel Design and Engineered Log Structure Design. Steven has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in cellular biology from the University of Michigan and has studied oceanography and limnology at the University of Wisconsin and fish physiology at West Virginia University.